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Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806-1859), Civil engineer

Sitter in 13 portraits
Brunel is the most celebrated civil engineer of the nineteenth century. The son of Sir Marc Isambard Brunel, he earned early experience working on his father's Thames Tunnel. He went on to design pioneering docks, suspension bridges and the Great Western Railway. His greatest fame came as the designer of three giant steamships that transformed ocean travel - the Great Western (1838), the Great Britain (1845) and the Great Eastern (1858).