Genius People Who Changed the World Gautama Buddha is the person who began the religion of Buddhism. He lived from about 563 BC to about 483 BC. Siddh?rtha Gautama was born in the kingdom of Kapilvastu in Nepal. At present this birth place is called Lumbini, in Nepal. Tenzing Norgay, right, of Nepal and Edmund Hillary of New Zealand conquered the world’s highest peak, the Mount Everest [Nepal], on May 29. Edmund Hillary, with Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, reached the 29,035 Foot summit of Everest on May 29, 1953, becoming the first person to stand atop the world’s highest mountain.