George Westinghouse

1846 - 1914

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George Westinghouse Jr. (October 6, 1846 – March 12, 1914) was an American entrepreneur and engineer based in Pennsylvania who created the railway air brake and was a pioneer of the electrical industry, receiving his first patent at the age of 19. Westinghouse saw the potential of using alternating current for electric power distribution in the early 1880s and put all his resources into developing and marketing it. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of George Westinghouse has received more than 1,345,700 page views. His biography is available in 47 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 45 in 2019). George Westinghouse is the 25th most popular inventor (up from 50th in 2019), the 218th most popular biography from United States (up from 455th in 2019) and the 5th most popular American Inventor.

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Among inventors, George Westinghouse ranks 25 out of 355. Before him are Samuel Colt, Thomas Newcomen, Werner von Siemens, Antonio Meucci, Karl Ferdinand Braun, and Denis Papin. After him are Bartolomeo Cristofori, James Naismith, John Logie Baird, Robert Fulton, Adolphe Sax, and Joseph Marie Jacquard.

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Among people born in 1846, George Westinghouse ranks 2Before him is Peter Carl Fabergé. After him are Rudolf Christoph Eucken, Henryk Sienkiewicz, Princess Helena of the United Kingdom, Buffalo Bill, Wilhelm Maybach, Comte de Lautréamont, Edmondo De Amicis, Wladimir Köppen, Elisabeth Förster-Nietzsche, and Émile Gallé. Among people deceased in 1914, George Westinghouse ranks 5Before him are Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, Pope Pius X, Charles Sanders Peirce, and Bertha von Suttner. After him are Frédéric Mistral, Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg, Paul Heyse, Charles Albert Gobat, Carol I of Romania, August Weismann, and Georg Trakl.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, George Westinghouse ranks 218 out of 15,968. Before him are Richard Gere (1949), Gary Cooper (1901), Rocky Marciano (1923), Christopher Lloyd (1938), Herbert Hoover (1874), and Whitney Houston (1963). After him are John Jay (1745), Mel Gibson (1956), Aretha Franklin (1942), Brigham Young (1801), Tony Curtis (1925), and George S. Patton (1885).

Among INVENTORS In United States

Among inventors born in United States, George Westinghouse ranks 5Before him are Thomas Edison (1847), Henry Ford (1863), Samuel Morse (1791), and Samuel Colt (1814). After him are Robert Fulton (1765), Jimmy Wales (1966), William G. Morgan (1870), Herman Hollerith (1860), Isaac Singer (1811), Charles Goodyear (1800), and Willis Carrier (1876).