THE EVEREST MAN, GEORGE EVEREST

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The name of Everest is affixed to the world’s tallest peak. Reaching to the summit is synonymous with both alluring mystique and towering ambition. 

Sir Gorge Everest, British surveyor and geographer born in 4 July 1790 in United Kingdom. He served as a surveyor General of India from 1830 to 1843. The world’s highest peak was named in honour of his contribution on measuring the height. He visited India at the age of 16 and joined the East India Company, after receiving a military education. 

Geogre Everest was an Engineering successes and proficiency in mathematics and astronomy led to his being appointed chief assistant to the great trigonometrically survey of India in 1817. He was made as an assistant to William Lambton on the Great Trigonometric Survey and replaced Lambton as superintendent in 1823. Geogre had big responsibility for surveying the meridian arc form the southernmost point of India to north of Nepal. The distance of about 1500 miles (2400 KM) and the task which took almost 35 years, from 1806 to 1841 to complete. The Great Trigonometrical Survey was project, which aimed to measure the entire Indian subcontinent.

He was made Surveyor General of India in 1830, retired in 1843. And he returned to England. The Royal Geographicial Society renamed Peak XV, at the time when it was recently identified as the world’s highest Peak in Sir George Everest’s honour. However an Indian auther and mathematician Radhanatha Sikandas, who was part of measuring the height of Everest, named the “peak xv” because the actual height, which is 8848 was identified after the 15th times measurement.

There was a difficulty of choosing between multiple local names for the mountain. And Andrew Scott Waugh had been responsible for putting his name forward in 1856. He initially objected, as he had nothing to do with its discovery. And also his name was not easily written or pronounced in India (Hindi). 

Sagarmatha is Nepali name and Qomolangma is Tibetan Name. Also there are 6 different names of Everest with different meaning and values.

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