Marc Isambard Brunel and Isambard Kingdom Brunel

British engineers (b.1769, d.1849 and b.1806, d.1859)


Marc Isambard Brunel left his native France in 1793. First he went to New York but in 1799 he settled in London. His greatest project was the tunnel under the Thames, which was dug from 1825 till 1842. In this work he was assisted by his son, Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Isambard became Head Engineer at the Great Western railway line and constructed the Thames bridge at Maidenhead and the Wye bridge at Chepstow. He also built ships, of which the Great Eastern (1857) is the most famous. The ship was unlucky and several workmen died during the launching and on her first trip. Father and son Brunel are buried in Kensal Green Cemetery, London.

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