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Failla, Gioacchino (19 July 1891–15 December 1961), physicist, was born in Sicily, Italy, the son of Nicolo Failla, a postal worker, and Sara Spoleti. When Gioacchino was three years old his father died. His mother then emigrated to the United States and left him with his paternal grandfather, a physician, who raised him for the next twelve years. Failla attended a private school in Cefalu. When he was fifteen years old his mother, who had been working as a seamstress, returned to Sicily to claim her son. She brought him to live with her in Manhattan in 1906....