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Sir Edmund Hillary

In 1953 New Zealander Edmund Hillary, with Nepali Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, became the first to climb to the summit of Mt Everest.

Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay

Nepal to name two Himalayan peaks after Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay

Scaling the world's tallest mountain was just one of many accomplishments for the mountaineer, explorer and humanitarian, who used his influence as the conqueror of Everest to help the people of Nepal.

After Everest Sir Edmund devoted most of his life to helping the Sherpa people through the Himalayan Trust, which he founded. Through his efforts, many schools and hospitals were built in Nepal.

His legacy lives on in his son Peter, who has also scaled Everest, and granddaughter Amelia, both of whom are dedicated to continuing Sir Ed's philanthropic work in Nepal.

Peter Hillary with wife Yvonne Ooeman on an earlier trip to Tibet. Everest is behind them.

Peter Hillary with wife Yvonne Ooeman. Everest is behind them. (The Dominion Post)

Nepal earthquake: Sir Edmund Hillary's first buildings damaged

Sir Edmund Hillary

A historic photo of Sir Ed's Khumjung School, which has sustained damage in the recent Nepal earthquake.

Sir Ed Hillary's granddaughter helps quake-ravaged Nepal

Amelia Hillary with father Peter Hillary

Amelia Hillary with father Peter Hillary

Watching Sir Edmund Hillary Summit Everest

Sir Edmund Hillary

Mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay near the summit of Mount Everest, May 28, 1953 (Vanity Fair)

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