Simon Bornstein was born in Wiesbaden, Germany in 1915 an emigrated to Palestine in 1931. Here he completed his secondary education and continued studies at an agricultural school. Subsequently he moved to the University of California where he studied poultry husbandry, receiving a BS degree (with highest honours) in 1939.
This was followed by a move to Texas A&M College where he gained a veterinary degree in 1943, and also met his future wife. After working for three years in California as a poultry veterinarian and then for the USDA (as a 'friendly alien'), he and his new family returned to Palestine where, during the period 1947-1956, he directed the poultry disease field laboratory for the southern part of the country (which became Israel in May 1948). In 1956 he was given the task of establishing and heading a new poultry department within the Agricultural Research Station, now the Volcani Institute. In 1965 he received the title of Associate Professor of Poultry Science from the University of Jerusalem. Since retiring in 1981 he has continued to work on a part-time basis as consultant to the Egg and Poultry Board.
Dr Bornstein is author and co-author of 150 research reports, of which 110 have been published in English in refereed international journals, as well as numerous popular articles during his years as a poultry veterinarian. He is also the author of two books on poultry husbandry (1947 and 1957) and the editor of a third (1980).
In 1960 Simon Bornstein was a founder member of the Israel Branch of WPSA and was its President from 1981 to 1991. During the years 1984-1988 he served as Junior Vice President of the WPSA. The Israel Branch has bestowed on him Life Membership as Honorary Past President.