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Brunel, Isambard Kingdom, 1806 - 1859 (civil engineer)

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Found in 14 Collections and/or Records:

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Astronomical methods, 1851 - 1859

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Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/169
Scope and Contents Miscellaneous astronomical methods concerned primarily with the altazimuth and equatorial telescopes and the construction of piers for the transit circle, and mentioning mirrors, lenses and barrel and pendulum clocks. The correspondents include T. Barnaby, W.C. and G.P. Bond, I.K. Brunel, W. De La Rue, C.P. Smyth, C.A.F. Peters, J.T.R. Robinson, C. Wheatstone, J. Challis, E. Dunkin, M. Faraday, T. Grubb, W. Lassell, O.M. Mitchel, Lord Rosse and W. Simms. The volume includes a photograph of a...
Dates: 1851 - 1859
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Correspondence on instruments, 1853 - 1854

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Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/166
Scope and Contents Correspondence on new techniques, requests for advice and new instruments. There are requests for transit circles from the Portuguese government, Upsala, Sweden, and Albany, U.S.A.; a description by Airy of the Greenwich transit circle; experiments with mercury and photography, including two early pictures of the Sun; improved sextants and clocks; a 'universal instrument'; and an account of the instruments used by the ancient Chinese astronomers. The correspondents include E. Dunkin,...
Dates: 1853 - 1854
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Interview minutes of Railway Gauge Commission, 1845

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Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/287
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Minutes of interviews held by the Railway Gauge Commission 1 November - 18 December 1845. The interviewees are T. Whitaker, J. Sanders, I.K. Brunel, W. Bass, E. Wood, N. Wood, R. Down, G. Hudson, T. Jackson and Major General C.W. Pasley.

Dates: 1845
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Interview minutes of Railway Gauge Commission, 1845

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Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/286
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Minutes of interviews held by the Railway Gauge Commission, 17-30 October 1845. The interviewees are D. Gooch, S. Clarke, C.A. Saunders, I.K. Brunel, W. Fernihough, W. Harding and B.W. Horne.

Dates: 1845
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Letters on Railway Gauge Commission, 1845 - 1847

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Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/310
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Letters received by the Secretary of the Railway Gauge Commission relating to the formation of the Commission, the return of completed circulars, and the date and time of appointments for interviews. There are letters from G. Stephenson, J. Saunders, I.K. Brunel, J. Nasmyth, W. Cubitt, R. Stephenson and others. There is also an extract from Bradshaw's 'Railway Gazette' and other newspapers.

Dates: 1845 - 1847
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Miscellaneous astronomical papers, 1851 - 1853

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Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/248
Scope and Contents Miscellaneous papers concerning astronomical matters, including letters from the Earl of Rosse, Professor J. Challis, I.K. Brunel, Sir J.F.W. Herschel, W. Lassell, A. de Morgan, W. De La Rue and Col. E. Sabine. The subjects covered include the lecture of Airy at the Royal Institution, 2 May 1851, on the total eclipse of the Sun, 28 July 1851; correspondence on the Adams Prize; printed sheets on Saturn's rings by W.C. Bond and G.P. Bond, originally from the 'Astronomical Journal', with an...
Dates: 1851 - 1853
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Miscellaneous astronomical papers, 1853 - 1855

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Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/249
Scope and Contents Miscellaneous papers concerning astronomical matters, including letters from I.K. Brunel, the Revd Pritchard, and Lord Rosse. The subjects covered include diagrams of the Moon, in a copy of the 'Penny Magazine'; a telescopic view of 'Jupiter and her satellites' from 'The Illustrated London News'; W. De La Rue's diagrams of Saturn; correspondence with I.K. Brunel about floating observatories and the grant for the Hydrographical Department; an extract from the 'Brussels Herald' on solar spots;...
Dates: 1853 - 1855
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Miscellaneous astronomical papers, 1855 - 1856

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Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/250
Scope and Contents Miscellaneous papers concerning astronomical matters, including letters from I.K. Brunel, the Earl of Rosse, Sir J.W. Lubbock, the Revd C. Pritchard, Miss Sheepshanks, Dr W. Whewell and W. De La Rue. The subjects covered include computations of the Sun's distance, in galley proof; the Earth's motion; the Moon's rotation; two photographs of the eclipse of the Moon; calculations on the correction of the laws of refraction; correspondence from the Revd C. Pritchard on the conjunction of the...
Dates: 1855 - 1856
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Miscellaneous scientific papers, 1855 - 1856

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Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/470
Scope and Contents Correspondence and papers on various scientific topics. The papers begin with work on electricity and magnetism, including W. Thomson's transfer of galvanic currents; J. Tyndall's lecture on magnetic repulsion delivered to the Royal Institution; and C. Chalmers' notes on electricity. There are samples of J.C. Clark's chemical telegraph; material on I.K. Brunel's proposal of voyages to India; various barometer readings; longitudes of Paris, Lancaster, Torbay and Algeria; and a letter by D....
Dates: 1855 - 1856
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Papers on engineering, 1865 - 1869

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Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/458
Scope and Contents Miscellaneous works and calculations regarding engineering, including J. Fowler's calculations on a road-bridge; strains on bridges; Airy's views on suspension bridges; a proposed safety railway; C. Fay on a continuous railway brake; an article from 'The Chester Chronicle' on the Great Channel Tunnel; a report, with drawings, on a safety steam boiler; a rainfall chart; a sketch of a rotary valve, with a paper model; R. John's surveying stand; the preservation of ship's timber; the notices,...
Dates: 1865 - 1869
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Papers on engineering and inventions, 1848 - 1852

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Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/452
Scope and Contents Miscellaneous correspondence and papers regarding engineering and new inventions. There are pieces on the Britannia Tubular Bridge, including the lifting of the bridge by R. Stephenson; stress in iron bridges; I.K. Brunel on his Chepstow bridge; notices and awards of the Institution of Civil Engineers; the Smeafonian Society for Civil Engineers; 'Caldwell's self-fleeting windlass'; advertisements for gutta percha; a report on vulcanised India-rubber joints by T. Wicksteed; a rapid water...
Dates: 1848 - 1852
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Papers on engineering and inventions, 1855 - 1858

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Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/454
Scope and Contents Miscellaneous correspondence regarding new inventions and engineering works, including a paper by W.B. Burden on propellers and experiments to discover resistance to propellers; George Rennie's work on the heat of water in contact with a propeller; the 'Journal of the Society of Arts', including pieces on the (i) feasibility of carriage by steam vessel, (ii) tonnage registration, and (iii) mercantile steam transport economy; a report of the committee on shipping statistics; the sea trials of...
Dates: 1855 - 1858
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Railway Eccentrics, 1846

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Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/294
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A booklet titled 'Railway Eccentrics. Inconsistencies of men of Genius Exemplified In the Practice and Precept of I.K. Brunel, Esq and in the Theoretical Opinions of C A Saunders Esq. By Vigil', containing quotes from I.K. Brunel and attempts to show their inconsistency over time. There are also quotes from C.A. Saunders.

Dates: 1846
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Reasons for Adopting Uniformity of Gauge

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Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/302
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An undated booklet titled 'A Railway Traveller's Reasons for Adopting Uniformity of Gauge Addressed to I.K. Brunel, Esq', attempting to describe the inconvenience to the traveller of a break in gauge.

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