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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 6,000,259 page views. His biography is available in 115 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 113 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 45After him are Reinhold Messner, Tenzing Norgay, Heinrich Harrer, George Mallory, Jerzy Kukuczka, Junko Tabei, Horace Bénédict de Saussure, Hermann Buhl, Edward Whymper, Wanda Rutkiewicz, and Prince Luigi Amedeo, Duke of the Abruzzi.

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Among people born in 1919, Edmund Hillary ranks 5Before him are Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Mikhail Kalashnikov, Eva Perón, and J. D. Salinger. After him are Doris Lessing, Desmond Doss, Primo Levi, Zhao Ziyang, Giulio Andreotti, Margot Fonteyn, and Lino Ventura. Among people deceased in 2008, Edmund Hillary ranks 5Before him are Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Yves Saint Laurent, Bobby Fischer, and Paul Newman. After him are Chinghiz Aitmatov, Arthur C. Clarke, Irena Sendler, Suharto, Samuel P. Huntington, Charlton Heston, and Albert Hofmann.

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In New Zealand

Among people born in New Zealand, Edmund Hillary ranks 2 out of 248Before him are Ernest Rutherford (1871). After him are Russell Crowe (1964), Maurice Wilkins (1916), Bruce McLaren (1937), Peter Jackson (1961), Denny Hulme (1936), Katherine Mansfield (1888), Burt Munro (1899), Wallace Fard Muhammad (1893), Jane Campion (1954), and Martin Campbell (1943).

Among MOUNTAINEERS In New Zealand

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