Edmund Hillary


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Sir Edmund Hillary
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BirthplaceAuckland, Dominion of New Zealand
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Hillary, Edmund

 

Born July 20, 1919, in Auckland, New Zealand. Mountain climber and public figure.

In 1953, Hillary, together with Tenzing Norgay, made the first ascent of Chomolungma (Mount Everest), for which he was knighted. From 1955 to 1958 he headed the New Zealand section of the British Commonwealth transantarctic expedition, which reached the south pole. In 1960–61 he led an expedition to the Himalayas to study man’s acclimatization to the effects of high altitudes over a prolonged period. Hillary later became involved in organizing the construction of hospitals and schools for Sherpas in Nepal.

WORKS

High Adventure. London [1955]. (With A. Spark and G. Djurkouic.)
East of Everest. New York [1956], (With G. Lowe.)
The Crossing of Antarctica. London [1958]. (With V. Fuchs.)
No Latitude for Error. London [1961].
High in the Thin Cold Air. [London, 1963.] (With D. Doig.)
Schoolhouse in the Clouds. [London, 1964.]
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PRAISED: The "TEA 20" tractor used by Sir Edmund Hillary on his polar expedition; D23640_4.
ACHIEVEMENT: Edmund Hillary TROOPS: The Suez Crisis
One of the famous moments in the history of the 20th century arrived when New Zealander Edmund Hillary and Tensing, the Sherpa who accompanied him on the final assault, became the first climbers to reach the 29,002 ft summit of the highest mountain in the world.
The presentation is made every year on Everest Day, the anniversary of the first ascent of the mountain by New Zealander Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay on May 29, 1953.
The son of Tenzing Norgay - who with Sir Edmund Hillary was the first to climb the 8,850-metre high Mount Everest on May 29, 1953 - said: "The Sherpas are the unsung heroes of the mountain.
Among the group were Peter Hillary, of New Zealand, and Tashi Wangchuk Tenzing, who lives in Australia, the son and grandson of Everest pioneers Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay.
He strikes others as Mount Ego's Edmund Hillary - his helicopter, Gulfstream jet, 87-foot yacht and South Florida estate fit for a presidential visit all attesting to his successful ascent.
Among the guests was New Zealander George Lowe, 79, who was the recipient of the famous line ``We knocked the bastard off'',delivered by Sir Edmund Hillary after he and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay had reached the summit.
SIR Edmund Hillary (left), the first man to climb Mount Everest has been struck with altitude sickness while doing charity work in the Himalayan mountains.
The veterans will talk about their triumph at a special event in London attended by the Queen on Thursday - 50 years to the day that Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay became the first men to reach the 29,028ft summit.
Fifty years ago, on May 29, 1953, Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first people to reach the peak of Mount Everest.
SIR Edmund Hillary (right), the first man to climb Mount Everest, has been struck with altitude sickness while doing charity work in the Himalayan mountains.