Facts about Sir Hillary

Sir Edmund Hillary died at 88 years old
Born: July 20, 1919
Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand
Best known as: The first man to climb Mount Everest


Sir Edmund Hillary Biography

Edmund Hillary and his Sherpa guide Tenzing Norgay were the first humans to reach Earth’s highest point: the summit of Mount Everest in the Himalayas.

They reached the top at 11:30 am on May 29, 1953. Hillary was promptly knighted for his feat and in later years led expeditions to the South Pole and to the source of the Yangtze River. He also committed himself to humanitarian work among the Sherpas through his charity, the Himalayan Trust.

Sir Edmund Hillary’s books include the Everest memoir High Adventure (1955) and his autobiography Nothing Venture, Nothing Win (1975).

Extra credit

Sir Edmund Hillary’s face later appeared on the front of the New Zealand five-pound note… He was made an honorary citizen of Nepal in 2003… His first wife and their youngest daughter were killed in a plane crash in Nepal in 1975… Hillary’s son Peter is also a climber. Peter reached the summit of Everest in 1990, making the Hillarys the first father and son to reach the top… News of Edmund Hillary’s success reached Britain on  June 2nd, the day of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II… After his death, Prime Minister Helen Clark of New Zealand called Hillary “the best-known New Zealander ever to have lived.”


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