George Westinghouse

1846 - 1914

George Westinghouse

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 1,312,810 page views. His biography is available in 45 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 50th most popular inventor.

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Among inventors, George Westinghouse ranks 50 out of 323Before him are Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot, Adam Opel, Emile Berliner, Louis Blériot, Karl Drais, and Wilhelm Maybach. After him are Willis Carrier, Isaac Singer, Étienne Lenoir, Charles Goodyear, James Naismith, and Elon Musk.

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Among people born in 1846, George Westinghouse ranks 8Before him are Rudolf Christoph Eucken, Princess Helena of the United Kingdom, Henryk Sienkiewicz, Buffalo Bill, Wilhelm Maybach, and Comte de Lautréamont. After him are Edmondo De Amicis, Wladimir Köppen, Isabel, Princess Imperial of Brazil, Prince Leopold of Bavaria, Elisabeth Förster-Nietzsche, and Émile Gallé. Among people deceased in 1914, George Westinghouse ranks 10Before him are Charles Sanders Peirce, Bertha von Suttner, Paul Heyse, Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg, Jean Jaurès, and Carol I of Romania. After him are Georg Trakl, August Weismann, Charles Albert Gobat, Ambrose Bierce, August Macke, and Eugen Böhm von Bawerk.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, George Westinghouse ranks 455 out of 12,171Before him are Mickey Rourke (1952), Joe Frazier (1944), Michael Clarke Duncan (1957), Joseph Stiglitz (1943), Ernest Borgnine (1917), and Kathy Bates (1948). After him are Richard Widmark (1914), John Kerry (1943), Michelle Pfeiffer (1958), Robert A. Heinlein (1907), Nancy Reagan (1921), and Sarah Palin (1964).

Among INVENTORS In United States

Among inventors born in United States, George Westinghouse ranks 10Before him are Samuel Colt (1814), Robert Fulton (1765), Steve Wozniak (1950), Herman Hollerith (1860), Douglas Engelbart (1925), and William G. Morgan (1870). After him are Willis Carrier (1876), Isaac Singer (1811), Charles Goodyear (1800), Josephine Cochrane (1839), Les Paul (1915), and George Eastman (1854).