Isambard Kingdom Brunel

The name alone is worthy of a link, but today is also the 202nd birthday of one the great engineers of the 19th century. As detailed in this Wired article, Brunel designed a number of early suspension bridges, some of which are still in use today, as well as the first transatlantic steamship and the Great Britain, the first trans-Atlantic screw-propeller iron steamship (and the world’s largest ship). His Great Eastern steamship, launched in 1858, was the largest ship in the world until the construction of the Lusitania in 1906.

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