George Westinghouse was an amazing American who changed the world. He invented the air brake for trains. Until this invention, only locomotives had brakes and thousands died annually in train wrecks. Every train in the world today still uses his system. In addition, the AC power used all over the world was pioneered by Westinghouse. Edison wanted to use DC power because he could make more money but Nikolai Tesla convinced Westinghouse that AC was better . His impact on the world was huge.
Notable March 12 Deaths | Jazz icon Charlie Parker, Iron Maiden drummer Clive Burr, 'Discworld' author Terry Pratchett, Doobie Brothers drummer Mike Hossack, 'The Bourne Identity' author Robert Ludlum, and U.S. inventor George Westinghouse all died on this day in history.
Nikola Tesla and George Westinghouse - With the big money supporting DC currents (Edison Electric, J.P. Morgan, Thomson-Houston Company - through a merger into G.E. General Electric), Pittsburgh magnate George Westinghouse stood by Tesla's AC current, because as an inventor himself, he knew that the technology was superior, and felt that it would eventually win the war of the currents. Tesla, amazingly, would later give up his $2.50 per horsepower of electrical capacity sold that he was due.
George Westinghouse was born October 6, 1846 in Central Bridge, New York. After serving in the Union Army and Navy, Westinghouse patented several devices, particularly for railroads. He would eventually start the Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company to improve AC power generators.