Failla in 1937
|Died||December 15, 1961 70) (aged|
Downers Grove near
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Alma mater|| Columbia University |
|Known for|| Biophysics |
Gold Medal of the
Radiological Society of North America
Ewing Society Medal
American Cancer Society
Annual National Award
Judd Cancer Award
|Fields|| Physics |
|Institutions|| Memorial Hospital (New York City, New York) |
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Argonne National Laboratory
|Doctoral advisor||Marie Curie|
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