A Life of George Westinghouse
GEORGE WESTINGHOUSE the man may be overshadowed by his inventions, company, or legend. But in this biography by Henry G. Prout, Westinghouse's personal life and history are recounted along with his many inventions and enterprises -- and his inventions and enterprises were enormous. "He dealt in the same week, and often in the same day, with organization, financial and executive affairs, commercial affairs, and the engineering details of half a dozen companies in two hemispheres," Prout noted. "They were as far apart in kind as the air brake and natural gas, and as far apart in geography as San Francisco and St. Petersburg." This biography covers topics as diverse as power signaling and switching, Westinghouse's use of the alternating current, his activities at Niagara Falls, his European enterprises, his financial methods, and his overall impact on rail transportation and the power industry.
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Page 26 - ... that their devices preceded his or that theirs were more comprehensive or effective. Various litigants filed thousands of papers to prove their points. Several of those suits were combined in 1875 and threatened the very foundation of Westinghouse's efforts and business. A Cleveland-based judge agreed that "Westinghouse was not the first to conceive the idea of operating railway brakes by air pressure" and that he "was not the inventor of the larger part of the devices employed for such purposes.