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Manford Ben Tate

Manford Ben Tate, American guided missile scientist, investor. Achievements include patents on the Tomahawk Cruise Missile; first investigator in world to derive theoretical solution for air oscillations in ducted missiles/derived theoretical solution for shock strength of the Fat Man atom bomb. Recipient Distinguished Service Gold medal in Engineering award University Missouri, 1995.

Background

  • Tate, Manford Ben was born on August 3, 1916 in Okolona, Arkansas, United States. Son of Ernest and Mabel (Burley) Tate.

  • Education

    • Student, Center College Liberal Arts, 1937. Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, University Missouri, 1940. Master of Science in Civil Engineering, University Missouri, 1942.

      Doctor of Philosophy in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, Iowa State University, 1949.

    Career

    • Graduate fellow, instructor, assistant professor, associate professor University Missouri, Columbia, 1940-1951. Lectr, engineering mechanics University Virginia, Hampton, 1944-1945. Graduate fellow, instructor Iowa State University, Ames, 1946-1947.

      Engineer United States Naval Ordnance Laboratory, White Oak, Maryland, 1950-1956. Lecturer, advisor University Maryland, 1950-1956. Guided missile research scientist Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Maryland, 1956-1978, professor missile structures, 1958-1964.

      President, general partner Tate Partners, Silver Spring, from 1968. Concrete inspector Missouri Highway Department, 1940. Visiting professor Catholic University American, Washington, 1956-1958.

      Aeronautical research National Advisory Committee Aeronautics, Langley Field, Virginia, 1944-1945. Consultant in field.

    Major achievements

    • Achievements include patents on the Tomahawk Cruise Missile. First investigator in world to derive theoretical solution for air oscillations in ducted missiles/derived theoretical solution for shock strength of the Fat Man atom bomb.

    Works

    • Bridge designer Bureau of Bridges, 1941. Crane designer Dravo Corporation Pittsburgh. Co-inventor Tomahawk Cruise Missile (patentee 1971).

      Derived theoretical solution for shock strength of the Fat Man Atom Bomb. Author: (with others) Selected Problems in Materials Testing, 1943. Contributor more than 400 articles to professional journals/publications.

    Politics

    Church should be involved into political life by organizing delegations to party conferences.

    Party affiliation: Democrat

    Religion

    Salvation is achieved through profound believe in God.

    Denomination: Methodist

    Views

    Bible is the source of inspirational stories, gospels, letters, hymns, songs, prayers, and poetry that drives wisdom and creativity of all Christians over time and across the world.

    Membership

    Cub scouts chairman, cubmaster Boy Scouts American, 1956-1961, chairman review board, 1962-1965. CiCD chairman Parent-Teachers Association, 1961-1963. Honorary council member Lakota Sioux Indian Tribe, Chamberlain, South Dakota, Ogalala Sioux Indian Tribe, Rapid City, South Dakota.

    Member American Society of Civil Engineers, American Society for Testing and Materials, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, American Society Engineering Education, American Society Ordnance Engineers, Society Experimental Stress Analysis, Sigma Xi, Phi Kappa Phi, Chi Epsilon.

    Connections

    • Married Marjorie Belle Stone, September 9, 1942. Children: Howard Ernest, Virginia Louise (Gina) Tate Smythe, Barbara Anne.
    • father: Ernest Tate
    • mother: Mabel (Burley) Tate
    • spouse: Marjorie Belle Stone
    • children: Howard Ernest Tate
    • Virginia Louise Tate (Gina) Tate Smythe
    • Barbara Anne Tate
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    Born August 3, 1916
    Died March 17, 2004
    (aged 87)
    Nationality
    • 1937
      Center College Liberal Arts
    • 1940
      University Missouri
    • 1942
      University Missouri
    • 1949
      Iowa State University
    • 1940 - 1951
      Graduate fellow, professor University Missouri
      Columbia, Missouri, United States
    • 1940 - 1951
      instructor, professor University Missouri
      Columbia, Missouri, United States
    • 1940 - 1951
      assistant, professor University Missouri
      Columbia, Missouri, United States
    • 1940 - 1951
      associate, professor University Missouri
      Columbia, Missouri, United States
    • 1946 - 1947
      graduate fellow, Iowa State University
      Ames, Iowa, United States
    • 1946 - 1947
      instructor, Iowa State University
      Ames, Iowa, United States
    • 1950 - 1956
      engineer, United States Naval Ordnance Laboratory
      White Oak, Texas, United States
    • 1950 - 1956
      lecturer, University Maryland
    • 1950 - 1956
      advisor, University Maryland
    • 1956 - 1978
      guided missile research scientist, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
      Laurel, Mississippi, United States
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