A Life of George Westinghouse
By Henry G. Prout
2001/10 - Beard Books
1587981041 - Paperback - Reprint - 389 pp.
An impressive record of the scientific and business aspects of George Westinghouse's career.
This penetrating biography of George Westinghouse is a testimony to one of the greatest inventors of the last half of the nineteenth century and the first part of the twentieth century. He was a prolific inventor, filing for 400 patents in 48 years. What is most significant is that he was primarily interested in fundamental things that would advance civilization, particularly the evolution of transportation and the manufacture of power. His contributions to the field of transportation included the air brake, power signaling and switching, and the friction draft gear. In the field of energy, he developed the use of alternating current for the transmission and employment of electrical energy. He was the founder of Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company.
From the back cover blurb:
The biographer amply describes the essence of George Westinghouse: "The life lived by George Westinghouse was history; not a history of wars and politics, but of something greater." In the last part of the nineteenth century and the first part of the twentieth century, Westinghouse was concerned with the fundamental things that advanced civilization. He was instrumental in carrying forward the evolution of transportation and the manufacture of power. In the field of transportation, his important work included the air brake, power signaling and switching, and the friction draft gear. In the field of the manufacture of power, he developed the use of alternating current for the transmission and employment of electrical energy. The whole structure of the electric art as applied to lighting, industry, and transportation stands on the alternating current premise. He started dozens of companies worldwide, including Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Co.
From Book News
From The Times (London), Literary Supplement, July 6, 1922 P. 446
From the New York Times, March 26, 1922, p. 7
Henry G. Prout wrote this book "for a committee of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers," whose chairman was Charles A. Terry. Both Prout and Terry were associates of Westinghouse.