By Jr. Quentin R. Skrabec
George Westinghouse's tale is wealthy in drama and in breadth, a narrative of energy, urban construction, and utilising the Golden Rule in company. His biography intersects with these of many nice personalities of the Gilded Age, similar to J.P Morgan, Henry Clay Frick, Andrew Carnegie, the Mellon kin, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and Nikola Tesla. essentially the most winning industrialists in the United States, George Westinghouse was once a wizard who took a miles various procedure than Thomas Edison. Westinghouse turned a supervisor of innovation. He was once not just an inventor in his personal correct, however the orchestra chief of a symphony of principles. Westinghouse built the company version of invention and examine. His techniques allowed Westinghouse to take the lead in electric distribution. whereas Edison electrified manhattan urban, the state became in prefer of the AC present process of Westinghouse. He was once a pioneer in pension plans and in deliberate groups for staff. His normal gasoline distribution method did greater than Carnegie's capital to make Pittsburgh the metal urban. The panic of 1907 replaced Westinghouse. It took the strength out of the commercial lion and ended in a private melancholy, which resulted in his loss of life in1914.Samuel Gompers acknowledged that, if have been run via males like Westinghouse, there may were no use for unions. staff enjoyed the mild genius who anxious approximately them regularly. Over 55,000 staff voluntarily gathered cash for a memorial to Westinghouse in 1955; this memorial might were the single he adored the main.
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Railroads were a natural outgrowth of the booming industry, and Pittsburgh was a national center. The metropolitan area had over 200,000 people and was the fastest growing area in the nation. The first railroad chartered in Pittsburgh was the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1846. The track started in Pittsburgh and expanded to Turtle Creek in 1851 with a locomotive brought in by canal boat. A year later, the Pennsylvania Railroad was connected between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. In 1855 the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad connected Pittsburgh to Baltimore as well as points west into Ohio.
Living in cheap hotels, he saved all he could to move Marguerite to Pittsburgh. Traveling to railroad executives allowed young George to work on a project he had been designing since 1867. That project was a new type of braking system for railroads. Westinghouse was a problem-solver, like Edison with the exception of a few pet projects; he focused on projects that would ultimately be highly profitable. Inventing represented a profitable career direction in Westinghouse’s mind. His father’s inventive efforts had inspired him.
He then returned to his father’s shop, followed by another semester or two at the college. Little is known of his academic record, but observers again noted his love of drawing. Visual thinking is a cognitive process that Westinghouse shared with other inventors, such as Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Henry Bessemer, Michael Owens, and Henry Ford. Where Edison and Westinghouse differed was that Edison kept all his rough and initial drawings in notebooks. Edison allowed others to take these rough sketches to blueprints.
George Westinghouse: Gentle Genius by Jr. Quentin R. Skrabec