Show Summary Details

Page of

Printed from Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a single article for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 21 November 2019

Isambard Kingdom Brunel and the engineers of the nineteenth centurylocked

  • Adam Hart-Davis


Isambard Kingdom Brunel was born in Portsmouth on 9 April 1806; there could hardly have been a better time to enter the world of engineering. Britain led the world in the production of iron, steel, and steam engines, and for engineers the sky was the limit, literally: the nineteenth century would see the flights of the pioneering aircraft of ...

You do not currently have access to this article


Please login to access the full content.


Access to the full content requires a subscription

National Portrait Gallery, London