Sir Edmund Hillary was born in 1919 and died just two years short of his 90th birthday. He's a famous New Zealander who made his name as a mountaineer and explorer, and then later on in his life as a philanthropist.
Hillary is perhaps most famous for becoming the first person to successfully climb Mount Everest. He climbed the giant mountain on 29 May, 1953, alongside Nepalese Sherpa Tenzing Norgay.
Hillary climbed Everest just 14 years after his first major climb which he did during secondary school. Climbing was interrupted for a number of years as Hilary served in the Royal New Zealand Air Force as a navigator during World War Two.
In 1958 Hillary reached the South Pole as part of the Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition and then shortly afterwards he reached the North Pole and in doing so he became the first person to reach both poles and summit Everest.
Hillary is also well known for his philanthropy, specifically the work he did in building the Himalayan Trust which he founded, and who's aim was to help the Sherpa people of Nepal. This work coupled with the success of Everest and The Poles meant Hillary was named as one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th Century by Time Magazine.
Hillary still continues to inspire adventurers and explorers today.
THE RACE FOR EVEREST
BIRTH NAMEEdmund Hillary
BORNJul 20 1919
DIEDJan 11 2008 (aged 88)
PLACE OF BIRTHAuckland, New Zealns
EDMUND HILLARY INTERVIEW, CLIMBING MT. EVEREST
Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay climb Everest - 1953 archive video
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