LETTER: 'After you,' on top of the mountain

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From Dr A. Chatterjee

Sir: I wish you would not keep calling Sir Edmund Hillary "the first man to conquer Everest", when he did conquer it jointly with Sherpa Tenzing Norgay - and that is official.

Obviously, the men did not step on the summit at precisely the same moment, but they themselves have kept their secret all these years, perhaps for obvious reasons.

Yours faithfully,

A. Chatterjee

London, E9

23 August