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Whether you're developing a new invention or would like to learn more about a currently existing one, patents serve as a useful source of information regarding existing intellectual properties, their inventors, blueprints/schematics, when they were filed, etc.
Edward Weston was a rival of Thomas Edison in the early development of electricity. He was also an early contributor to the founding of the Newark Technical School--which eventually became New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). Weston Hall at NJIT is named for him and for his son--Edward Faraday Weston.
The NJIT library has a number of instruments and devices from Edward Weston's Newark laboratory. You can find also find his items displayed across campus. Stop by the Van Houten Library or click this link to find out more about his contributions to engineering, the city of Newark, NJIT and to society.