George Everest

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George Everest
Born (1790-07-04)4 July 1790
Crickhowell, Powys, Wales
Died 1 December 1866(1866-12-01) (aged 76)
London, Greater London, England
Citizenship Kingdom of Great Britain (1790–1800)
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland (1800–1866)
Nationality British (Welsh)
Fields Geography
Known for Great Trigonometric Survey of India

Sir George Everest (/ˈvrɨst/; 4 July 1790 – 1 December 1866) was a Welsh surveyor and geographer. He was the Surveyor General of India from 1830 through 1843.

Everest was born on 4 July 1790 in Gwernvale Manor, just west of Crickhowell in Powys. He was baptised in Greenwich.

He was largely responsible for completing the section of the Great Trigonometric Survey of India along the meridian arc from southern India extending north to Nepal, a distance of about 2,400 kilometres (1,500 mi). This survey was started by William Lambton in 1806 and it lasted for several decades. In 1865, Mount Everest was named in his honour despite his objections[1] by the Royal Geographical Society. This enormous peak was surveyed by Everest's successor, Andrew Scott Waugh, in his role as the Surveyor-General of India.

Everest died on 1 December 1866 in London, England. He was 76.[2]

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  1. Wallace, Colin. "Naming Mount Everest". everest1953.co.uk. http://www.everest1953.co.uk/naming-mount-everest.html. Retrieved 20 February 2014.
  2. "Sir George Everest". infoplease.com. http://www.infoplease.com/encyclopedia/people/everest-sir-george.html. Retrieved 20 February 2014.

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