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 Isambard Kingdom Brunel

Isambard Kingdom Brunel

Birth
Portsmouth, Portsmouth Unitary Authority, Hampshire, England
Death 13 Sep 1859 (aged 53)
Westminster, City of Westminster, Greater London, England
Burial Kensal Green, London Borough of Brent, Greater London, England
Plot Square 41, Row 1, Grave 8590
Memorial ID 1931 · View Source
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Engineer, son of Sir Marc Isambard Brunel (q.v.). Began his career as a designer and builder of bridges, subsequently becoming chief engineer of the Great Western Railway, for which he constructed a series of innovative bridges, tunnels and viaducts. His three masterpieces are however his steamships; the 'Great Western' (1838) the first steamship on regular Atlantic service, which made the crossing in 15 days; the 'Great Britain', the first propellor screw vessel; and the 'Great Eastern' (1858), largest of all but never a commercial success. Its construction and launch were marked by a many problems (including fatalities) and the resulting stress caused a paralytic attack from which Brunel eventually died (as had his father over the stress of the Thames Tunnel).


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  • Added: 1 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 1931
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Isambard Kingdom Brunel (9 Apr 1806–13 Sep 1859), Find A Grave Memorial no. 1931, citing Kensal Green Cemetery, Kensal Green, London Borough of Brent, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .