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Brunel, Marc Isambard, Sir

Born: 1769 AD
Died: 1849 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Engineers

1769 – He was born on the 25th of April.

1793 – After the French Revolution, he fled to the United States, becoming chief engineer of New York.

1799 – He moved to Britain, which presented greater opportunities for the development of mass-production machinery, and which was the home of his future wife Sophia Kingdom, whom he had met in France.

         – He was a notable mechanical engineer, and did much to develop saw milling machinery, undertaking contracts for the British Government at Chatham and Woolwich dockyards, building on his experience at the Portsmouth Block Mills.

1814 – He built himself a sawmill at Battersea, London, and designed sawmills for entrepreneurs.

         – He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society.

         – His most notable achievement was the Thames Tunnel, which was built for horsedrawn traffic but due to bankruptcy was first used by pedestrians, and now carries the East London Line of the London Underground.

1824 – The tunnel was authorised by Parliament, and started in 1825, but due to technical and financial difficulties was not opened.

1814 – He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society.

1849 – He died on the 12th of December.