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Henry Westinghouse - Inventor of the single-action steam engine. His brother George invented the air brake. Founder of the engineering firm of Westinghouse, Church, Kerr and company, of New York.

Tesla with one of his famous "wireless" lamps. Published on the cover of the Electrical Experimenter in 1919.

Nikola Tesla was the most popular scientist of the 19th century, more popular than Edison. In fact, Tesla worked with Edison in the 1880s but had a falling out because he believed Edison stole his ideas. Tesla developed AC power used all over the world now and worked with George Westinghouse to promote it. He laid the foundation for radio, TV and many modern inventions. He fell into insanity & became a recluse. He died in poverty in a tiny apt'mnt, by then considered a "mad scientist" in…


Granville Tailer Woods (April 23, 1856 – January 30, 1910) was an African-American inventor who held more than 50 patents.[1] He is also the first American of African ancestry to be a mechanical and electrical engineer after the Civil War. MYTH- In 1869, a 22-year-old George Westinghouse received US patent #88929 for a brake device operated by compressed air, and in the same year organized the Westinghouse Air Brake Company.

Nikola Tesla emigrated to the US in 1884 to work for Thomas Edison. He soon struck out on his own with financial backers. His patented AC induction motor and transformer were licensed by George Westinghouse, who also hired Tesla for a short time as a consultant. His work in the formative years of electric power development was involved in a corporate alternating current/direct current "War of Currents" as well as various patent battles.