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Everest, Mount

Everest, Mount (Nepalese Sagarmatha; Tibetan Chomo-Langma, Mother Goddess of the World) World's highest mountain, in the central Himalayas on the borders of Tibet and Nepal. It is named after George Everest, first surveyor general of India. It was first climbed on May 29, 1953, by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay. Height: 8850m (29,035ft).

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Everest, Sir George

Sir George Everest (ĕv´ərəst), 1790–1866, British surveyor, b. Breconshire, Wales. He worked on the trigonometrical survey of India from 1806 to 1843. He became superintendent of the survey in 1823 and surveyor general of India in 1830; Mt. Everest is named for him. He was knighted in 1861.

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