Dr. R. Palmer Beasley, an epidemiologist whose pivotal research on hepatitis B in Taiwan first linked the virus to liver cancer, died Saturday of pancreatic cancer at his home in Houston. He was 76.
His death was announced by the University of Texas Health Science Center School of Public Health in Houston, where he had been dean from 1987 to 2005.
Beasley made his mark in the 1970s with a series of studies that proved the cancer
link and also discovered how Asian children were infected with
hepatitis B during childbirth by their mothers who were carriers.