Karsh Signature

Yousuf Karsh, master photographer of the 20th century

Sir Edmund Hillary

Sir Edmund Hillary, 1960

New Zealand mountaineer, explorer, and philanthropist Edmund Hillary died on January 11 in 2008. Hillary and Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay became the first climbers confirmed to have reached the summit of Mount Everest. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.

From 1985 to 1988 he served as New Zealand’s High Commissioner to India and Bangladesh and concurrently as Ambassador to Nepal.

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