Tribute Of Former Associates To George Westinghouse: From Nikola Tesla

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Saturday, March 21, 1914
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20
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MABCH21,1914 ELECTRICAL WORLD 637 Tributes of Former Associates It is not in one profession alone that the memory of Westinghouse will live. Kelvin said of him: "George Westinghouse is in character and achievement one of the great men of our time.” Physically he was a big man; he also was great in character and mind. Inter- esting sidelights on his brilliant career contributed by men formerly associated with him and published here- with show how highly he was esteemed, and what was lost in his passing away. From William Stanley I can only add my appreciation of the great qualities of leadership that Mr. Westinghouse possessed. His strong, vigorous purpose, .his wonderful grasp of the opportunities of life' and his high courage overcame all obstacles and were of inestimable value to the elec- trical engineering profession and the world. Great Barrington, Mass. WILLIAM STANLEY. From Peter Cooper Hewitt In George Westinghouse the world has suffered the loss of a great and valued citizen and much should be said in honor of his accomplishments and advancement of modern industry. Essentially an American, he had universal reputation and respect. The vast and divers works which he pioneered give an idea of his force and energy and illustrate dominant characteristics. Every effort of his genius was ex- pended for humanity in advancing the arts of civiliza- tion. As the problems involved in nature’s secrets unfolded themselves before him he strained every ef- fort and means at his disposal to turn their use to the benefit of mankind. He appreciated the enormous danger to humanity that accompanies the harnessing of vast forces of nature for public use, and by his foresight and skill prevented disasters which might conceivably have been of enormous extent. - The memory of George Westinghouse will live through his appreciation of nature's forces and his love of mankind. New York. PETER COOPER HEWITT. From Nikola Tesla The first impressions are those to which we cling most in later life. I like to think of George Westinghouse as he appeared to me in 1888, when I saw him for the first time. 'The tremendous potential energy of the man had only in part taken kinetic form, but even to a superficial observer the latent force was manifest. A powerful frame, well proportioned, with every`joint in* working order, an eye as clear as a crystal, a quick and springy step-he presented a rare example of health and strength. Like a lion in a forest, he breathed deep and with delight the smoky air of his factories. Though past forty then, he still had the enthusiasm of youth. Always smiling, affable and polite, he stood in marked contrast to the rough and ready men I met. Not one word which would have been objectionable, not a gesture which might have offended--one could imagine him as moving in the atmosphere of a court, so perfect was his bearing in manner and speech. And yet no fiercer adversary than Westinghouse could have been found when he was aroused. An athlete in ordinary life, he was transformed into a giant when confronted with diliiculties which seemed unsurmountable. He en- joyed the struggle and never lost confidence. When others would give up in despair he triumphed. Had he been transferred to another planet with everything against him he would have worked out his salvation. His equipment was such as to make him win easily a position of captain among captains, leader among lead- ers. His was a wonderful career filled with remark- able achievements. He gave to the world a number of valuable inventions and improvements, created new industries, advanced the mechanical and electrical arts and improved in many ways the conditions of modem life. He was a great pioneer and builder whose work was of far-reaching effect on his time and whose name will live long in the memory of men. New York. NIKOLA TESLA.

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