George Westinghouse

Powering the World

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About the Book

While most know Thomas Edison for his invention of the light bulb, his counterpart, George Westinghouse, is too often overlooked. Westinghouse, however, became known as one of the most prolific inventors and businessmen of the Industrial Revolution. This biography reveals the man whose teachers suspected was mentally disabled and who quit college after one semester, yet founded more than 60 different companies employing 50,000 people, and received 361 U.S. patents. He later fought the “Battle of the Currents” (AC vs. DC) with Thomas Edison and won. Westinghouse, with his engineers, provided power and light for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. They harnessed the massive power of Niagara Falls and sent it over wires to light Buffalo and eventually the Northeast. His electric engines powered trains, and his air brakes stopped them. His scientific contributions forever changed the world.

About the Author(s)

William R. Huber worked at Bell Telephone Laboratories and other major American technology companies before becoming an expert witness in patent litigation cases. He lives in West End, North Carolina.

Bibliographic Details

William R. Huber
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages:
Bibliographic Info: ca. 100 photos, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2021
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8692-9
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4414-1
Imprint: McFarland