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Sir Edmund Hillary
BirthplaceAuckland, Dominion of New Zealand

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.


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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SIR Edmund Hillary, the first man to climb Everest, has died aged 88.
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It was left to others to forge on to the summit, with the final honours going to Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay.
Hundreds of climbers are in the Mount Everest region to mark the 50th anniversary of the conquest of the world's highest mountain in 1953 by New Zealander Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay.
Yet where others would have been content to admire the view, look down and bask in the sheer individuality of achievement,'' the Web site says, ``for Sir Edmund Hillary is was only the beginning of a lifetime of service to others.
Many believe the pair made it to the summit of Everest, 29 years before Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay.
Since 1992, the non-profit Grand Circle Foundation, with an honorary board that includes Sir Edmund Hillary, has donated or pledged more than $35 million to humanitarian, cultural, and environmental organizations around the world.
Nawang Gombu joined Sir Edmund Hillary and his uncle Tenzing Norgay for their famous climb aged 21.
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1953: Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing became the first people to reach the summit of Everest.
Members of the public will have the chance to attend a thanksgiving service in memory of Everest conqueror Sir Edmund Hillary.
SIR EDMUND HILLARY was last night remembered as "one of the world's great heroes" by his North Wales friends.