Isambard Kingdom Brunel
One of the most innovative engineers of the Victorian Era.
Similar ideas popular now
ISAMBARD KINGDOM BRUNEL Design Engineer (1806-1859) One of the great British engineers of the 19th century; he built twenty-five railways lines, over a hundred bridges, including five suspension bridges, eight pier and dock systems, three ships and a pre-fabricated army field hospital. “By his death the greatest of England’s engineers was lost, the man with the greatest originality of thought and power of execution.
Hungerford Suspension Bridge, site of
Brunel's Hungerford Suspension Bridge had two masonry towers and a pair of double wrought iron chains suspending the walkway. The total length of the bridge was 1,362ft. The main span was 676ft and the deck was 14ft wide. It was pulled down in 1863 to make way for Hungerford Rail Bridge (John Hawkshaw), which takes trains into Charing Cross.The chains were used to build Clifton Suspension Bridge, the completion of which was undertaken by a group of engineers as a tribute to Brunel.
The Gallery | Must-see images of Brunel's 150-year-old Clifton Suspension Bridge | New Civil Engineer
“The grand scale of the bridge typifies Brunel’s famous ambition to push society forward, and demonstrates the vision and tenacity of Victorian engineering. “I am proud of our institution’s members for completing the project following Brunel’s death – it was a fitting tribute to his life and his remarkable contribution to civil engineering.”