Edmund Hillary was a New Zealand apiarist and mountain climber, who was born in Auckland, and educated at Auckland Grammar School. During World War Two he served in the New Zealand Air Force.
An experienced skier and mountaineer, Edmund Hillary participated in expeditions to the Himalaya in 1951 and 1952. Edmund Hillary joined the British Mt. Everest Expedition of 1953 as one of the chief climbers. Together with the Nepalese Sherpa mountain climber Tensing Norgay, Edmund Hillary reached the summit of Mt. Everest on May 29, 1953. Later that year Edmund Hillary was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain for his achievement. Beginning in late 1956 Hillary headed the New Zealand party of the British Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition, an expedition organized in connection with the International Geophysical Year (1957-1958. Edmund Hillary subsequently led several Himalaya expeditions. Sir Edmund Hillary is the author of a number of books including High Adventure and View from the Summit, both were published as signed editions by the Easton Press. Among his other books are East of Everest, No Latitude for Error and High in the Thin Cold Air.