Isambard Kingdom Brunel: The Second Greatest Brit of All Time
Less than five percent separates Isambard Kingdom Brunel from Winston Churchill in a survey about the greatest Britons, making him the second greatest Briton of all time ("The Greatest Britons List"). Isambard Kingdom Brunel was a British engineer who designed and built many important constructs. He was a dedicated engineer who showed his versatility through his numerous projects and designs, including railways, steamships, docks, tunnels, bridges, and a hospital for the Crimea war. “Brunel’s work was remarkable for its wide ranging scope” ("Biography Isambard Kingdom Brunel"). Isambard Kingdom Brunel is an inspirational Briton because he was a great engineer who helped lead Britain through the early Industrial Revolution.
Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s career was greatly influenced by his father. Isambard was born on April 9, 1806 in Portsmouth, United Kingdom. He had two older sisters and a mother named Sophia Kingdom. “His father Mark was a French engineer who fled France during the revolution” ("Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806"). Mark, a fairly successful engineer, was the reason and inspiration of Isambard’s engineering career choice. In preparation, Brunel received an education in both England and France. When Brunel was 16, he started working with his father as an engineer, and at the age of 20, he was working on his first notable project, the Thames Tunnel. It was during the digging of the Thames Tunnel where Isambard encountered a near death experience that would have prevented his later achievements. Although using an innovative tunnel shield, the tunnel collapsed and killed two workers and almost killed Brunel too. ("Biography Isambard Kingdom Brunel"). He married Mary Elizabeth Horsley and had three kids; Isambard, Henry Marc, and Florence Mary Brunel. He eventually died of a stroke in 1859, at the age of 53, and was buried next to his father. Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s numerous engineering achievements ultimately stemmed from the guidance of his father.
Isambard Kingdom Brunel was a significant help to Britain in the early Industrial Revolution with his many designs and constructs. Without Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Britain and the world would not have been nearly as industrial and inventive as it was. Brunel showed how true engineering ought to be done and his career was filled with the world’s best and biggest constructions. Brunel built the largest steamship of the time the (name). “Later, he would build the world's first metal ship … This was a forerunner of modern ships around the world” ("Biography Isambard Kingdom Brunel"). One of the reasons why Brunel made such an impact, was his work ethic. He not only brought new ideas and innovation to Britain but his constructs were built to perfection due to his dedication to his work, the reason why his constructs were so well made. Many of the bridges he built are still standing and used today. The Clifton...