Article ID: CBB000831729

I. K. Brunel---Exploding the Myth (2008)


There is no doubting that Brunel was a talented, hard-working and professional engineer, but some extraordinary claims have recently been made in his name. Commentators assert that he was: `the greatest rail engineer of all time',1 `the greatest engineer',2 `the greatest Briton',3 and, to quote the title of the new biography of Brunel, he was `The Man who built the World'.4 Brunel's new-found fame has elevated him into a lofty position, whilst his infl uential contemporaries, particularly George Stephenson, Robert Stephenson and Joseph Locke, are now largely omitted from public consciousness. Even members of the Institution of Civil Engineers with on-line queries are now encouraged on their web-site to `Ask Brunel'. However, I will argue that he was but one of the many talented, innovative and hard-working engineers in that `golden era' of British engineering in the mid-19th century.


Description Argues that “Brunel was but one of the many talented, innovative and hard-working engineers in that “golden era” of British engineering.” (from the abstract)

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Authors & Contributors
Brindle, Steven
Richard J. Byrom
Beaumont, Martin
Andrew C Smith
Mary Mills
Vernon, Tony
International Journal for the History of Engineering and Technology
Transactions - Newcomen Society for the Study of the History of Engineering and Technology
Notes and Records: The Royal Society Journal of the History of Science
Journal of Historical Geography
Endeavour: Review of the Progress of Science
British Journal for the History of Science
The Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Society
Railway & Canal Historical Society
The MIT Press
Bristol Cultural Development Partnership
Civil engineering
Industrial revolution
Brunel, Isambard Kingdom
George Holworthy Palmer
Hawkshaw, John
Sir William Fairbairn
Samuel Clegg
Vernon-Harcourt, Leveson Francis
Time Periods
19th century
20th century
18th century
21st century
Great Britain
United States
Bath (England)
London (England)

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