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Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Co

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1919. Westinghouse floating-frame marine reduction gear developed by John Henry Macalpine and Admiral G. W. Melville
April 1921.
1947. 2000 HP experimental gas turbine.

of Pittsburgh, USA.

1884 William Stanley and George Westinghouse formed the Westinghouse Electric Company.

1885 Westinghouse imported a number of Gaulard-Gibbs transformers and a Siemens AC generator to begin experimenting with AC networks in Pittsburgh.

1886 the Westinghouse Electric Company became the Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company, of Pittsburgh

1889 The name of the company was changed to Westinghouse Electric Corporation.

1889 Westinghouse established the Westinghouse Electric Co Ltd of London[1] as an agency for selling and installing Westinghouse products; he transferred his patent rights for all countries outside North and South America to the new company.

1896 George Westinghouse acquired Parsons' American patents, and, by arrangement, Francis Hodgkinson went from Parsons' Heaton Works to Pittsburgh, Pa., to direct the design and construction of steam turbines. From 1896 to 1916 he was chief turbine engineer of Westinghouse Machine Co ; from 1916 to 1927 he was chief engineer, and from 1927 to 1936 consulting engineer, of the Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Co. Mr. Hodgkinson reached retirement age in 1936 but remained consultant for the Westinghouse Company. Upon retirement, he was appointed Honorary Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Columbia University, New York.[2]

1899 Seeing the opportunities in the UK, George Westinghouse formed British Westinghouse as a limited company as a manufacturing subsidiary of the American Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company[3]. The British Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Co acquired certain rights for the United Kingdom, its colonies, possessions, and dependencies, except North America, from the Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Co and the Westinghouse Machine Co of the United States[4].

1907 Westinghouse USA went into receivership with the result that executive control of the company was taken away from George Westinghouse, though he remained as President. Another effect of this was the increased independence of British Westinghouse.

1919 Description of Westinghouse floating-frame marine reduction gear developed by John Henry Macalpine and Admiral G. W. Melville[5]

1939 Westinghouse Electric International Co was the UK distributor for products of the Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company - see Aircraft Industry Suppliers

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Sources of Information

  1. Metropolitan-Vickers Electrical Co 1899-1949 by John Dummelow: 1899-1909
  2. 1950 Institution of Mechanical Engineers: Obituaries
  3. [1] Wikipedia
  4. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
  5. [2] The Engineer, 7 Feb 1919