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 2,009,986 page views. His biography is available in 53 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 49 in 2019). George Westinghouse is the 34th most popular inventor (down from 32nd in 2019), the 320th most popular biography from United States (down from 256th in 2019) and the 7th most popular American Inventor.

George Westinghouse is most famous for his invention of the air brake.

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Over the past year George Westinghouse has had the most page views in the with 174,345 views, followed by Spanish (31,425), and Italian (30,913). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Tajik (279.14%), Malagasy (115.65%), and West Frisian (105.88%)


Among inventors, George Westinghouse ranks 34 out of 426Before him are Denis Papin, Steve Wozniak, Joseph Marie Jacquard, Thomas Newcomen, Nicolas Appert, and Eli Whitney. After him are Igor Sikorsky, Robert Fulton, László Bíró, Richard Trevithick, Adolphe Sax, and Frank Whittle.

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Among people born in 1846, George Westinghouse ranks 5Before him are Rudolf Christoph Eucken, Peter Carl Fabergé, Henryk Sienkiewicz, and Princess Helena of the United Kingdom. After him are Edmondo De Amicis, Wilhelm Maybach, Comte de Lautréamont, Buffalo Bill, Wladimir Köppen, Isabel, Princess Imperial of Brazil, and Naim Frashëri. Among people deceased in 1914, George Westinghouse ranks 9Before him are Charles Albert Gobat, Bertha von Suttner, Frédéric Mistral, Charles Sanders Peirce, Paul Heyse, and Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg. After him are Carol I of Romania, Georg Trakl, Jean Jaurès, Ismail Gaspirali, Eugen Böhm von Bawerk, and August Weismann.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, George Westinghouse ranks 320 out of 20,380Before him are Nina Simone (1933), J. P. Morgan (1837), Claude Shannon (1916), James Buchanan (1791), Grover Cleveland (1837), and Paul Samuelson (1915). After him are Henry Miller (1891), Ted Kaczynski (1942), Angelina Jolie (1975), Zachary Taylor (1784), Ezra Pound (1885), and Stevie Wonder (1950).

Among INVENTORS In United States

Among inventors born in United States, George Westinghouse ranks 7Before him are Thomas Edison (1847), Henry Ford (1863), Samuel Morse (1791), Samuel Colt (1814), Steve Wozniak (1950), and Eli Whitney (1765). After him are Robert Fulton (1765), Ruth Handler (1916), Jimmy Wales (1966), Willis Carrier (1876), Herman Hollerith (1860), and William G. Morgan (1870).