Westinghouse, George (1846–1914)
US engineer, inventor, and businessman who pioneered the
use of high-voltage AC electricity.
In 1869 he founded the Westinghouse Air Brake Company to develop the air
brakes he had invented for railroad
use. From 1883 he did pioneering work on the safe transmission of natural
gas. In 1886 he found the Westinghouse Electric Company, employing notably
Nikolai Tesla, to develop AC induction
motors and transmission equipment: this company was largely responsible
for the acceptance of AC in preference to DC for most practical applications
– in spite of opposition from the influential Thomas Edison.