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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
Houston, Texas 77058

Biographical Data

NAME: Daniel T. Barry (M.D., Ph.D.)
NASA Astronaut

Born December 30, 1953, in Norwalk, Connecticut, but considers South Hadley, Massachusetts, to be his hometown. Enjoys flying, Go, basketball, running.

Graduated from Bolton High School, Alexandria, Louisiana, in 1971; received a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Cornell University in 1975; a master of engineering degree and a master of arts degree in electrical engineering/computer science from Princeton University in 1977; a doctorate in electrical engineering/computer science from Princeton University in 1980; and a doctorate in medicine from the University of Miami in 1982.

Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE); American Association of Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AAEM); American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPMR); Sigma Xi; Association of Space Explorers.

1990 Silver Crutch Award as the outstanding teacher in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, University of Michigan. 1985-1990 Clinical Investigator Development Award, National Institutes of Health. 1984 Young Investigator Award, American Association of Electrodiagnostic Medicine. 1979 NSF National Needs Fellow. 1971 McMullen Engineering Award. 1992-1996 Trustee, Albert and Ellen Grass Foundation. 1996 NASA Space Flight Medal. 1996 Honorary Doctor of Science, St. Louis University.

Following graduate school at Princeton University, Dr. Barry was an National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellow in physics at Princeton. He then attended the University of Miami Medical School, graduating in 1982. He completed an internship and a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency at the University of Michigan in 1985. He was appointed as an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and in the Bioengineering Program at the University of Michigan in 1985, and his tenure was approved by the Regents in 1992. He spent the summers of 1985-87 at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, supported by the Grass Foundation for work in skeletal muscle physiology and as the Associate Director of the Grass Foundation Fellowship Program (1986-87). His research primarily involves biological signal processing, including signal processing theory, algorithms, and applications to specific biological systems. The applications include acoustic signals generated by contracting skeletal muscle, electrical signals from muscle and heart sounds. He has also worked in prosthetic design. Dr. Barry's work has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Grass Foundation, and the American Heart Association of Michigan. He has five patents, over 30 articles in scientific journals, and has served on two scientific journal editorial boards.

Selected by NASA in March 1992, Dr. Barry reported to the Johnson Space Center in August 1992. He completed one year of training and is qualified for assignment as a mission specialist on Space Shuttle flight crews. Dr. Barry has worked on primary payload development, the Shuttle Avionics Integration Laboratory (SAIL), portable computing issues for Space Shuttle, Chief of Astronaut Appearances, and as a source board member for the NASA Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI). He flew on STS-72 in 1996, and has logged over 214 hours in Space, including a 6 hour, 9 minute spacewalk. Dr. Barry is assigned to STS-96 as an EVA crewmember. STS-96 will be the first flight to dock to the International Space Station. Launch is targeted for May 1999.

STS-72 Endeavour (January 11-20, 1996) was a 9-day flight during which the crew retrieved the Space Flyer Unit (launched from Japan 10-months earlier), deployed and retrieved the OAST-Flyer, and Dr. Barry performed a 6 hour, 9 minute spacewalk designed to demonstrate and evaluate techniques to be used in the assembly of the International Space Station. Mission duration was 142 Earth orbits, traveling 3.7 million miles in 214 hours and 41 seconds.


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