He was unembarrassed to have been caught out. “Kingdom Hastings.”  “You -!”  “After Brunel, before you ask.”   “The railway man?” I found myself enquiring.  “Believe me, it could have been ten times worse. My father’s an engineer. He was set on calling me Isambard, but my mother insisted on the final say.”  (I Stopped Time, www.jane-davis.co.uk)

He was unembarrassed to have been caught out. “Kingdom Hastings.” “You -!” “After Brunel, before you ask.” “The railway man?” I found myself enquiring. “Believe me, it could have been ten times worse. My father’s an engineer. He was set on calling me Isambard, but my mother insisted on the final say.” (I Stopped Time, www.jane-davis.co.uk)

Did everything bigger, better, faster than anyone else. A man of vision, ambition and talent

Did everything bigger, better, faster than anyone else. A man of vision, ambition and talent

I love this picture of Isambard Kingdom Brunel. It's VIctorian reportage. He's with his design team at the launch of SS Great Eastern.

I love this picture of Isambard Kingdom Brunel. It's VIctorian reportage. He's with his design team at the launch of SS Great Eastern.

SS Great Britain. The first transatlantic ship with an iron hull built by the great Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Can be seen at Bristol Docks

SS Great Britain. The first transatlantic ship with an iron hull built by the great Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Can be seen at Bristol Docks

Paddington station, circa 1900. The mainline station, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, was built with private funds and owned by the Great Western Railway. It included a hotel, the Great Western Royal (now the Hilton London Paddington)

Paddington station, circa 1900. The mainline station, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, was built with private funds and owned by the Great Western Railway. It included a hotel, the Great Western Royal (now the Hilton London Paddington)

The engine shed used by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, railway engineer - at High Wycome train station, Bucks, the section shown has been painted with a railway engine shed scene.

The engine shed used by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, railway engineer - at High Wycome train station, Bucks, the section shown has been painted with a railway engine shed scene.

1806-1859 Isambard Kingdom Brunel Engineer - 2006 http://www.royalmint.com/discover/uk-coins/coin-design-and-specifications/two-pound-coin/2006-isambard-kingdom-brunel

1806-1859 Isambard Kingdom Brunel Engineer - 2006 http://www.royalmint.com/discover/uk-coins/coin-design-and-specifications/two-pound-coin/2006-isambard-kingdom-brunel

1806-1859 ISAMBARD KINGDOM BRUNEL PADDINGTON STATION - 2006 http://www.royalmint.com/discover/uk-coins/coin-design-and-specifications/two-pound-coin/2006-paddington-station

1806-1859 ISAMBARD KINGDOM BRUNEL PADDINGTON STATION - 2006 http://www.royalmint.com/discover/uk-coins/coin-design-and-specifications/two-pound-coin/2006-paddington-station

Royal Albert Bridge, by Isambard Kingdom Brunel.  Spans the River Tamar between Plymouth in Devon, and Saltash in Cornwall.

Royal Albert Bridge, by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Spans the River Tamar between Plymouth in Devon, and Saltash in Cornwall.

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