Edmund Hillary

1919 - 2008

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Sir Edmund Percival Hillary (20 July 1919 – 11 January 2008) was a New Zealand mountaineer, explorer, and philanthropist. On 29 May 1953, Hillary and Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay became the first climbers confirmed to have reached the summit of Mount Everest. They were part of the ninth British expedition to Everest, led by John Hunt. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Edmund Hillary has received more than 4,984,758 page views. His biography is available in 113 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 112 in 2019). Edmund Hillary is the most popular mountaineer, the 2nd most popular biography from New Zealand and the most popular New Zealander Mountaineer.

Edmund Hillary is most famous for being the first person to reach the summit of Mount Everest. He and his Nepalese Sherpa guide, Tenzing Norgay, reached the summit on May 29, 1953.

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Among mountaineers, Edmund Hillary ranks 1 out of 44After him are Heinrich Harrer, Tenzing Norgay, Reinhold Messner, George Mallory, Horace Bénédict de Saussure, Junko Tabei, Hermann Buhl, Edward Whymper, Walter Bonatti, Jerzy Kukuczka, and Prince Luigi Amedeo, Duke of the Abruzzi.

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Among people born in 1919, Edmund Hillary ranks 4Before him are Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Eva Perón, and J. D. Salinger. After him are Mikhail Kalashnikov, Doris Lessing, Primo Levi, Desmond Doss, Nat King Cole, Zhao Ziyang, Giulio Andreotti, and Margot Fonteyn. Among people deceased in 2008, Edmund Hillary ranks 4Before him are Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Yves Saint Laurent, and Irena Sendler. After him are Paul Newman, Bobby Fischer, Arthur C. Clarke, Charlton Heston, Suharto, Albert Hofmann, Samuel P. Huntington, and Chinghiz Aitmatov.

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In New Zealand

Among people born in New Zealand, Edmund Hillary ranks 2 out of 206Before him are Ernest Rutherford (1871). After him are Russell Crowe (1964), Bruce McLaren (1937), Maurice Wilkins (1916), Peter Jackson (1961), Katherine Mansfield (1888), Denny Hulme (1936), Alan MacDiarmid (1927), Kiri Te Kanawa (1944), Chris Amon (1943), and Burt Munro (1899).

Among MOUNTAINEERS In New Zealand

Among mountaineers born in New Zealand, Edmund Hillary ranks 1After him are Rob Hall (1961).