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Name: George Herbert Leigh Mallory                                                 
Born: 18 June 1886 Mobberley, Cheshire, England                                   
Died: 8-9 June 1924 (age 37) The North Face, Mount Everest, Tibet                 
Occupation Teacher, Mountaineer                                                   
George Herbert Leigh Mallory (18 June 1886 – 8 June/9 June 1924) was an English 
mountaineer who took part in the first three British expeditions to Mount         
Everest in the early 1920s. On the third expedition, in June of 1924, Mallory     
and his climbing partner Andrew Irvine both disappeared somewhere high on the     
North-East ridge during (or perhaps after completing) the final stage of their     
attempt to make the first ascent of the world's highest mountain. The pair's       
last known sighting was only a few hundred metres from the summit. Mallory's       
ultimate fate was unknown for 75 years, until his body was finally discovered in   
1999. Whether or not they reached the summit before they died remains a subject   
of speculation and continuing research.                                           
Mallory is famously said to have replied to the question "why do you want to       
climb Mt. Everest?" with the retort: "because it is there", which has been         
called "the most famous four words in mountaineering". Recently some               
questions have been raised regarding the authenticity of that quote, and whether   
Mallory had actually said it, with a possibility the quote was invented by a       
newspaper reporter.