- Mar 2019
He nearly died a few times. Once during the Thames river tunnel. He was the only one of a particular crew to survive. On the Great Western was thrown down a gangway and killed the guy he landed on, finally during the construction of Clifton Bridge.Yep, he was certainly notable.
BTW, interesting fact: He almost choked to death on a coin in 1843:
Isambard Kingdom Brunel - Wikipedia
"While performing a conjuring trick for the amusement of his children in 1843 Brunel accidentally inhaled a half-sovereign coin, which became lodged in his windpipe. A special pair of forceps failed to remove it, as did a machine devised by Brunel to shake it loose. At the suggestion of his father, Brunel was strapped to a board and turned upside-down, and the coin was jerked free. He recuperated at Teignmouth, and enjoyed the area so much that he purchased an estate at Watcombe in Torquay, Devon. Here he commissioned William Burn to design Brunel Manor and its gardens to be his country home. He never saw the house or gardens finished, as he died before it was completed."