The life of Isambard Brunel
Isambard Brunel was born on April 9, 1806 in Portsmouth. He was the only boy child and had 2 sisters. He was mostly educated in England but his parents sent him to France to learn there. His parents were then thrown in debtors jail for the debt they had. This caused Brunel to return to Britain. His parents were released once they saw the penitential his father had for building and was given the job to build Thames Tunnel. Brunel joins his father to help work. this would be their first and last job together. little did he know he would become one of the greatest engineers!
One day while working on the tunnel there is a flood of sewage water and six men are swept to their deaths. Brunel was almost one of them if it hadn't been for his assistant who dragged his unconscious body out of the water. this brings work on the Thames tunnel to a halt for a while, but he was lucky to be alive! But this would not put him out of work.
Other builds by Brunel
Brunel also made many other bridges and tunnels like: the Maidenhead bridge, the box tunnel, Bristol temple and others. he also created some boats. He created the Great Western which was the longest ship in the world at that point in time. He was also responsible for rebuilding many major docks in Britain. Brunel also introduced the Broad gauge to Britain though no one thought it was a good idea at the time. He changed the engineering world as we know it.
Brunel was married to Mary Elisabeth on July 5, 1836. they had 3 children. there names were: Isambard Brunel Jr., Henry Marc Brunel, and Florence Mary Brunel. His son is the first to walk with his father through the Thames tunnel.