Undoubtedly, one of the greatest Designers / Engineers of all time? He contributed significantly to technological progress, during the Industrial Revolution.
Isambard designed railways, ships, docks, tunnels, viaducts and bridges. A daring innovator, with determination and an absolute belief in his own ability. He excelled in pushing forward knowledge and understanding, in the application of engineering and materials technology.
In the History of Design and Engineering, he stands proud, respected and studied throughout the world. He was an innovator and applied new technology to many of his designs. An example of this was the combination of a ‘propellor’ and iron hull, seen in the design of his SS Great Britain, which was the largest passenger ship in the world, when launched in 1843.
The Clifton Suspension Bridge is another example of his engineering genius. The bridge had the longest of span in the world, when it was completed in 1864, after Burnel’s death.
The achievements of Brunel, are a reminder to the present UK Government, that innovation, design and manufacturing, is the true mark of progress, left for future generations.