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guided missile scientist , investor

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.


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


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.


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.


  • 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.


  • Other Work

    • 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.


Since righteousness is demanded of God, one needs to know how to receive it. It is received through faith. It is having faith in God.


All human life is sacred and created by God and therefore, we must see all human life as significant and valuable. When governments implement the death penalty, then the life of the convicted person is devalued and all possibility of change in that person’s life ends.


Language of a derogatory nature (with regard to race, nationality, ethnic background, gender, sexuality, and physical differences) does not reflect value of one another and contradicts the Christian teaching.


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.


Married Marjorie Belle Stone, September 9, 1942. Children: Howard Ernest, Virginia Louise (Gina) Tate Smythe, Barbara Anne.

Ernest Tate

Mabel (Burley) Tate

Marjorie Belle Stone

Howard Ernest Tate

Virginia Louise Tate (Gina) Tate Smythe

Barbara Anne Tate