Who was Isambard Kingdom Brunel?

Isambard Kingdom Brunel holding a lamp.

This is Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

He lived around 200 years ago, during the Victorian Age.

He was a famous engineer whose designs changed the lives of many people.

Find out more about him, below.

Black and white image of Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

Key facts

  • We still use some of the bridges and railway stations built by Brunel.
  • Even though people don’t sail on his ships anymore, you can still visit the SS Great Britain.

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Did you know?

  • Isambard Kingdom Brunel has a memorable name. He is named after his mum and dad. His mum was Sophia Kingdom and his dad was Marc Isambard Brunel.
  • His dad was French so Brunel went to school in Paris, the capital city of France.
  • Brunel was known for wearing a tall top hat.
Isambard Kingdom Brunel and his tall hat

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