John-David Bartoe is an American astrophysicist and the Research Manager for NASA. He was born John-David Francis Bartoe on November 17, 1944 in Abington, Pennsylvania. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in physics from Lehigh University in 1966. He then began his work as an astrophysicist at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C., where he published over 60 papers regarding solar physics observations and instrumentation. He then went on to earn his Master of Science degree and Doctor of Philosophy in physics from Georgetown University.
Prior to his time at NASA Headquarters, Bartoe flew on Space Shuttle mission STS-51-F as a civilian Navy freight specialist. He was also a co-investigator on two solar physics investigations that were intended to study characteristics of the sun’s outer layers, also known as Spacelab 2. After the completion of that mission, Bartoe became the Director of Operations and Utilization in the Space Station Office of NASA Headquarters. He held that position until 1994, when he transferred to his current position at NASA as the Research Manager for the International Space Station.
Currently, Bartoe is a member of the Association of Space Explorers and is Chairman of the Space Stations Committee of the International Astronautical Federation. He is married to Donna June Bartoe, and they have three children.