Tate worked at: Organic Chemistry, Information Science; Chemical Abstracts Service: Assistant director 1961-70; Associate director 1970-1974; Associate director of planning and development 1974-?; Manager, information science section, Wyeth Labs 1958-61. He was interested in data and information management systems, automated and manual information-handling systems, publishing systems for technical information, information utilization systems, and business management systems associated with foregoing areas.

Awards received:

American Chemical Society: Skolnik Award, for conceiving, developing, and implementing computer-based information handling systems and procedures across the full range of Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) operations; and for leadership in the development of the CAS Chemical Registry System (1978)