Britain's Modern Brunels

They may not wear stovepipe hats and smoke cigars, but which engineers today deserve the title 'Britain's Modern Brunels'?

Sue Nelson celebrates the bicentenary of Isambard Kingdom Brunel - voted one of the greatest Britons in a recent BBC poll - whose railways and iron steam ships turned Queen Victoria's reign into a high speed era.

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0120060412

They may not wear stovepipe hats and smoke cigars, but which engineers today deserve the title 'Britain's Modern Brunels'?

Sue Nelson celebrates the bicentenary of Isambard Kingdom Brunel - voted one of the greatest Britons in a recent BBC poll - whose railways and iron steam ships turned Queen Victoria's reign into a high speed era.In the spotlight are modern heroes of transportation - Doug Oakervee, Nigel Gee and 'budding Brunel' Jenny Goodman

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What do Wembley Stadium's giant arch, the Falkirk Wheel and the second Severn crossing have in common? Like Isambard Kingdom Brunel's 'first child' ,the Clifton Suspension Bridge, these impressive structures are the progeny of Sue Nelson's second batch of Modern Brunels, marking the great 19th century engineer's bicentenary.

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Even Florence Nightingale was a fan of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, because the pre-fab battlefield hospital units he shipped out for the Crimean War - which she called "those marvellous huts" - were uniquely designed to drastically reduce hospital infections, saving many lives.

Exploring the idea that engineers help to prevent disease while doctors cure it, Sue meets the modern British Brunels who are engineering improvements to the nation's health.

Featuring Richard Granger (head of IT at the NHS); Jeff Farrow (Thames Water) and Phil Nedin (Arup Healthcare specialist).

04 LAST20060503

If Isambard Kingdom Brunel were alive today, would he be greener? Sue meets the men and women turning their talents to environmental concerns.

Featuring structural engineer Mark Whitby, wave energy pioneer Richard Yemm and budding Brunel, Hannah Chalmers.