English mechanical and civil engineer who built the Great Western Railway and a series of steamships with various important bridges and tunnels.
He studied at Henri-Quatre until 1822 and then went on to study under the clockmaker, Abraham-Louis Breguet.
He was elected a Fellow of Royal Society in 1830.
He married Mary Elizabeth Horsley and had three children.
Kenneth Branagh portrayed him in a segment showing the Industrial Revolution during the 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony.