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Gioacchino Failla

Born: Jul 19, 1891

Death: Dec 15, 1961

Birthplace: Castelbuono

Nationality: United States

Gioacchino Failla

Date of Birth : Jul 19, 1891
Date of Death : Dec 15, 1961
Birth Place : Castelbuono

Gioacchino Failla was an Italian-born American physicist. A pioneer in both biophysics and radiobiology, he was particularly noted for his work on the role of radiation as a cause of cancer and genetic mutation. He was born in Castelbuono in the Province of Palermo and emigrated with his family to the United States in 1906. After his retirement from Columbia University's Center for Radiological Research in 1960 he was appointed Senior Scientist Emeritus in the Radiological Physics Division of the Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois. He was killed in a car accident near the laboratory at the age of 70.

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