Isambard Kingdom Brunel 1806 - 1859
- English; British
- born in:
- Portsmouth, Portsmouth, England, United Kingdom
Only child of Sir Marc Isambard Brunel and Sofia Kingdom.
1814 - educated at the Revd Weeden Butler's school in Chelsea.
1820 - attended schools in France and spent some time in the workshop of Louis Bréguet, clockmaker.
1828 - almost lost his life while working with his father on the Rotherhithe - Wapping tunnel.
1830 - elected a fellow of the Royal Society.
1833 - appointed engineer to the Great Western Railway.
1836 - began work on the Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol but it was not completed until 1864, after his death.
1837 - became a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers.
1838 - the SS Great Western made her successful maiden voyage to New York.
1844 - the SS Great Britain finally launched from Bristol docks.
1857 - awarded an honorary degree of DCL from the University of Oxford.
1858 - SS Great Eastern launched in London.
1864 - completion of the Clifton suspension bridge in his memory by the Institution of Civil Engineers.