Heinrich Harrer (6 July 1912 – 7 January 2006) was an Austrian mountaineer, sportsman and traveller. In 1938, Heinrich with his team successfully climbed the North Face of the Eiger, in the Swiss Alps. Later, after escaping from a British detention camp in India, he crossed Western Tibet and reached the “Forbidden City” of Lhasa on 15 January 1946. Soon he became the Dalai Lama’s tutor in English, geography, and some science. In 1952 Heinrich Harrer returned to Austria and wrote his famous book Seven Years in Tibet.