Heinrich Harrer


Birthday July 6, 1912

Birth Sign Cancer

Birthplace Austria

DEATH DATE Jan 7, 2006 (93)

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Famous for his nonfiction works The White Spider and Seven Years in Tibet, this Austrian writer and adventurer is also remembered for being a member of the first climbing team that ascended the 13,000-foot Eiger peak of Switzerland's Bernese Alps.

Before Fame

He attended Karl-Franzens University in Graz, Austria, focusing his college studies on athletics and geography.


He was chosen as a member of the 1935 Austrian Olympic skiing team, but was unable to compete because Austria boycotted that year's Olympic Games.

Family Life

His three brief marriages were to Charlotte Wegener, Margarethe Truxa, and Katharina Haarhaus.

Associated With

He was briefly the son-in-law of German geophysicist and continental drift theorist Alfred Wegener.