Frank Reade Jr. is an American scientist and inventor. His father created the Steam Man of the Prairies.
Reade was one of the team of American scientists employed by Charles Foster Kane to pursue Janni Nemo and her crew during their 1925 expedition to Antarctica. Reade meet a tragic end in which he is devoured by a Shoggoth after his companion Tom Swyfte deliberately shot his leg to selfishly escape from the monster.
Frank Reade appeared in many dime novels between 1879 and 1899.