George Everest

Welsh surveyor and geographer

Sir George Everest (/ˈvr[invalid input: 'ɨ']st/; 4 July 1790 – 1 December 1866) was a Welsh surveyor and geographer. He was the Surveyor General of India from 1830 through 1843.

George Everest
Born(1790-07-04)4 July 1790
Died1 December 1866(1866-12-01) (aged 76)
Resting placeSt. Andrew's Old Parish Church, Hove, East Sussex, England
NationalityBritish (Welsh)
CitizenshipKingdom of Great Britain (1790–1800)
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland (1800–1866)
Known forGreat Trigonometric Survey of India
Scientific career

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]


  1. Wallace, Colin. "Naming Mount Everest". Retrieved 20 February 2014.
  2. "Sir George Everest". Retrieved 20 February 2014.

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