Clifton suspension bridge

Spirit of Brunel

Few names are as closely associated with engineering in Britain as that of Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

Brunel is perhaps most widely known for his work on the Great Western Railway, which connected London with the west of England and Wales. He designed and oversaw the construction of many of the railway's key features, including the iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge, the Box Tunnel between Bath and Chippenham, and the station at Paddington – before the arrival of the bear of the same name, the most well known feature of this district of London.

Other examples of Brunel's prowess as a civil engineer include the Royal Albert Bridge – a suspension bridge over the River Tamar. His engineering exploits are not limited to civil engineering, however: examples include the SS Great Britain, the first propeller-driven iron steamship, and the Royal Albert Bridge, a suspension bridge over the River Tamar. In the use of steam power and iron in engineering, Brunel was a pioneer

Unsurprisingly, Isambard Kingdom Brunel is considered one of the greatest names in the history of engineering.

Are you looking to further your career in this discipline? Why not shine a spotlight on yourself – by invoking the spirit of Brunel. Showcase your achievements and skills with a website at Instead of ending your email address with the name of a humdrum Internet services provider, end it with the name of a great engineer: