Will Robinson

Napoleon of Engineers

The Intemperate Engineer: Isambard Kingdom Brunel in His Own Words

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No engineer in history has come close to rivalling the fame of Isambard Kingdom Brunel. His career reads like fiction. At nineteen, he worked for his father on the first tunnel to pass beneath the Thames, a feat of engineering still connecting Wapping to Rotherhithe on the East London Line. Before it was even finished, he won a competition to build the Clifton Suspension Bridge. This secured his reputation.

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