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Isambard Kingdom Brunel

1806 - 1859

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Isambard Kingdom Brunel (; 9 April 1806 – 15 September 1859) was an English civil engineer and mechanical engineer, who is considered "one of the most ingenious and prolific figures in engineering history", "one of the 19th-century engineering giants", and "one of the greatest figures of the Industrial Revolution, [who] changed the face of the English landscape with his groundbreaking designs and ingenious constructions". Brunel built dockyards, the Great Western Railway (GWR), a series of steamships including the first purpose-built transatlantic steamship, and numerous important bridges and tunnels. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Isambard Kingdom Brunel has received more than 3,854,935 page views. His biography is available in 48 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 46 in 2019). Isambard Kingdom Brunel is the 56th most popular engineer (down from 53rd in 2019), the 910th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 892nd in 2019) and the 6th most popular British Engineer.

Isambard Kingdom Brunel was a famous engineer who is most famous for his work on the Great Western Railway, the Clifton Suspension Bridge, and the SS Great Britain.

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Among engineers, Isambard Kingdom Brunel ranks 56 out of 323Before him are Henry Gantt, William John Macquorn Rankine, Charles George Gordon, Bjarne Stroustrup, Gustaf de Laval, and Kurt Gerstein. After him are Arthur Scherbius, Walter Dornberger, Colin Chapman, Kurt Tank, Marcello Gandini, and Valentin Glushko.

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Among people born in 1806, Isambard Kingdom Brunel ranks 11Before him are Benito Juárez, Maria Christina of the Two Sicilies, Emilia Plater, Alexander Karađorđević, Prince of Serbia, Omar Pasha, and William Webb Ellis. After him are Johann Friedrich Franz Burgmüller, Louis III, Grand Duke of Hesse, Alexander Andreyevich Ivanov, Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga, Duchenne de Boulogne, and Pierre Guillaume Frédéric le Play. Among people deceased in 1859, Isambard Kingdom Brunel ranks 17Before him are Washington Irving, Louis Spohr, Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia, Bettina von Arnim, Archduke John of Austria, and John Brown. After him are Thomas De Quincey, Stephanie of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen, Alfred Vail, Nana Sahib, Karl Baedeker, and Abd al-Rahman of Morocco.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Isambard Kingdom Brunel ranks 910 out of 7,765Before him are Lobsang Rampa (1910), Joan Collins (1933), Natasha Richardson (1963), Brian Josephson (1940), Samuel Crompton (1753), and H. H. Asquith (1852). After him are William Henry Perkin (1838), Dave Gahan (1962), Antony Hewish (1924), David I of Scotland (1084), John McLaughlin (1942), and Dua Lipa (1995).

Among ENGINEERS In United Kingdom

Among engineers born in United Kingdom, Isambard Kingdom Brunel ranks 6Before him are Oliver Heaviside (1850), Godfrey Hounsfield (1919), John Ambrose Fleming (1849), William John Macquorn Rankine (1820), and Charles George Gordon (1833). After him are Colin Chapman (1928), Ross Brawn (1954), Henry Royce (1863), Charles Rolls (1877), George Cayley (1773), and Patrick Head (1946).