Hestrin-Lerner was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada in May 1918. Aged 14, she emigrated with her parents to the then British Mandate of Palestine (now Israel) in 1932. She studied zoology and received her doctorate in pathological physiology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She died in November 2017 at the age of 99.
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- Sara Hestrin-Lerner death notice
- "Israel Prize recipients in 1955 (in Hebrew)". cms.education.gov.il (Israel Prize official website). Archived from the original on March 4, 2010.
- "Israel Prize Official Site - Recipients in 1957 (in Hebrew)".
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