What he did
Brunel is perhaps best remembered for designing the Clifton suspension bridge in Bristol. Spanning over 700 ft (210 m), and nominally 200 ft (61 m) above the River Avon , it had the longest span of any bridge in the world at the time of construction. Brunel submitted four designs to a committee headed by Thomas Telford , but Telford rejected all entries, proposing his own design instead. Vociferous opposition from the public forced the organising committee to hold a new competition, which was won by Brunel.Afterwards, Brunel wrote to his brother-in-law, the politician Benjamin Amin Hawse: "Of all the wonderful feats I have performed, since I have been in this part of the world, I think yesterday I performed the most wonderful. I produced unanimity among 15 men who were all quarrelling about that most ticklish subject— taste".