The coat of arms of Sir George Everest, 1990.
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This coat of arms was created in 1990 for the presentation to the Survey of India from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of Sir George Everest's (1790-1866) birth. Everest worked on the Trigonometrical Survey of India between 1818 and 1843, and was appointed Surveyor General in 1830. The Survey of India was the longest arc of the meridian ever surveyed. It began at Cape Comorin in 1806, and covered a distance of almost 2400 kilometers, reaching as far north as the Himalayas. It was finally completed in 1866. During the survey, Everest became the first person to record the height and location of Peak 15, which was renamed Mount Everest in his honour in 1865. He became a Knight of the British Realm in 1861.