George Westinghouse Commemoration: A Forum Presenting the Career and Achievements of George Westinghouse on the 90th Anniversary of His Birth

George Westinghouse Commemoration: A Forum Presenting the Career and Achievements of George Westinghouse on the 90th Anniversary of His Birth

George Westinghouse Commemoration: A Forum Presenting the Career and Achievements of George Westinghouse on the 90th Anniversary of His Birth

George Westinghouse Commemoration: A Forum Presenting the Career and Achievements of George Westinghouse on the 90th Anniversary of His Birth

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Mr. Batt: We are gathered to celebrate the ninetieth anniversary of the birth of George Westinghouse by recounting his career and achievements. Westinghouse exemplifies the "rugged individualism" of the pioneers who built the America we inherit. He did not invade the wilds of the West but was a pioneer on the new social frontier where applied science and engineering and industry bend the forces of Nature to the practical welfare of the people.

Transportation and power--two great agencies in the industrial, economic, and social changes of recent times--were his chosen fields. To them he contributed new methods and mechanisms. He made the inventions of Watt and Stephenson and Faraday vastly more effective by extending their fields of operation and useful service.

Not merely an inventor or technical expert, he was an engineer in the broadest sense. To make Nature's elements of use to mankind involves the recognition of a need or an opportunity, the invention of some new method or device, and the development of the idea into concrete and practical form; then preparing for its production, convincing others of its usefulness, and supplying it for service. All these things Westinghouse did. He had facility in dealing with men and organizing them for research and development and manufacturing as well as facility in dealing with physical things, a rare combination of the complementary qualities of the two men who made the firm of Bolton and Watt successful in launching the steam engine.

Westinghouse was a self-made man. He had a grand inheritance--

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