Colonel Sir George Everest FRS, FRAS was a Welsh surveyor and geographer, and the Surveyor General of India from 1830 through 1843. This survey was started by William Lambton in 1806 and it lasted for several decades, in 1865, Mount Everest was named in his honour in the English language, despite his objections, by the Royal Geographical Society. This enormous peak was surveyed by Radhanath Sikdar and named by Everests successor, Andrew Scott Waugh, Everest was born in Gwernvale Manor, just west of Crickhowell in Brecknockshire, Wales, in 1790, and he was baptised in Greenwich. Commissioned into the Royal Artillery, in 1818, Lt. Everest was appointed as assistant to Colonel William Lambton, on Lambtons death in 1823, Everest succeeded to the post of superintendent of the survey, and in 1830 he was appointed as the Surveyor-General of India. Everest retired in 1843 and he returned to the UK, where he became a Fellow of the Royal Society and he was dubbed a knight in 1861, and in 1862 he was elected as the vice-president of the Royal Geographical Society. Everest died in London in 1866 and is buried in St Andrews Church, Hove, Sir George had several siblings, including two younger brothers. Georges first younger brother was the Rev. Robert Everest, M. A. chaplain to the East India Company and author of A Journey Through the United States and Part of Canada. His second was the Rev. Thomas Roupell Everest, M. A. the father of Mary Everest, Sir Georges third daughter, Ethel Everest, was an associate of Emma Cons, and friend of Lilian Baylis. She provided financial support for the founding of Morley College in south London, one of Sir Georges sons, Lancelot Feilding Everest, was educated at Harrow School and Trinity College, Cambridge, and was called to the Bar by Lincolns Inn. He practised as a barrister in chambers in London and was also the author of The Law of Estoppel. Lancelots eldest son, Cyril Feilding Everest, enlisted in the Canadian Infantry on 17 November 1914 and was killed in action on 9 October 1916 at the Battle of the Somme, Sir Georges niece, Mary Everest, married mathematician George Boole in Gloucestershire on 11 September 1855. In spite of the absence of training, Mary was a fine mathematician in her own right, as was one of her daughters. Alicias son, Leonard Boole Stott, studied medicine and became a pioneer in the treatment and control of tuberculosis, Everest owned a house in Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India, for about 11 years. He purchased it, sight unseen, from General Whish, although now virtually derelict, it still has its roof, and there have been various plans to make it into a museum. Built in 1832, the house is today as Sir George Everests House and Laboratory. The house is situated in Park Estate about 6 kilometres west of Gandhi Chowk / Library Bazaar and its location has panoramic views of the Doon Valley on one side and the Aglar River valley and the Himalayan Range to the north. The house is under the jurisdiction of the Tourism Department and these underground water cisterns are quite deep and lie uncovered in the front yard outside the house, filled with litter and posing danger of slipping. The interior has been stripped but the fireplaces, roof, the house is secured by steel grills and cannot be entered
Photograph of Everest
Everest's grave, St Andrew's, Hove
Sir George Everest's House and Laboratory, also known as Park House.
Park House as seen through multi-coloured, weathered flags from a vantage point at an angle above.