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Frank Reidy Award for Outstanding Achievements in Bioelectrics

About Frank Reidy

Mr. Frank Reidy, an engineer, entrepreneur and humanitarian, gave life to Dr. Karl Schoenbach's vision for a research center devoted to bioelectrics. In 1998, he began working with Dr. Schoenbach to support the development of a new science of bioelectrics with a research center that today carries his name.

Mr. Reidy earned a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from Villanova University in 1963 and a diploma in Far East studies from the University of Minnesota in 1964. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Old Dominion University in May 2008 and was appointed to the Board of Visitors on July 1, 2011.

Mr. Reidy was a shareholder and Director of Pennsylvania General Energy, an exploration, drilling and production company for natural gas and oil in Pennsylvania from 1972 to 2017. He was shareholder and managing director of General Diesel Supplies in the Republic of Singapore, from 1972 to 1984, and a shareholder and manager of Applied Technical Services in Saigon, Vietnam, from 1965 to 1972. He served in the American Peace Corps in Bangladesh from 1963 to 1965, working with local government personnel implementing rural public works programs, building schools and hurricane shelters.

Mr. Reidy has long been active on the Board of Governors of Operation Smile International and was its Director from 1991-2010. He also served on the Singapore chapter of the Young Presidents' Organization and the International Tae Kwan Do Federation, receiving his third-degree black belt in 1973. Among his other accomplishments, he completed a 3,500-mile bicycle trip across the USA in 2002 with America by Bicycle.

A resident of Virginia Beach since 1986, Mr. Frank Reidy and his wife, Juliette, also have a home in Warren, Pa. The couple has three sons.

Frank Reidy Award for Outstanding Achievements in Bioelectrics

Established in 2010, the Frank Reidy Award for Outstanding Achievements in Bioelectrics recognizes a scientist working in the field of bioelectrics who, during the previous five years, has achieved a pioneering research success, a specific high impact accomplishment, or has made significant scientific contributions to the fields of electrical effects on cells and tissue.

Award Winners

Karl H. Schoenbach, 2010, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA

Hidenori Akiyama, 2011, Kumamoto University, Kumamoto, Japan

Justin Teissie, 2012, Institut de Pharmacologie et de Biologie Structurale, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Toulouse, France

Richard Heller, 2013, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA

Wolfgang Frey, 2014, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany

Lluis Mir, 2015, CNRS, Univ. Paris-Sud, Gustave Roussy, Université Paris-Saclay, Paris, France

Richard Gilbert, 2016, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

Steven Beebe, 2017, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA

Maja Cemazar, 2018, Institute of Oncology Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Julie Gehl, 2019, University of Copenhagen, Institute for Clinical Medicine, Copenhagen, Denmark

P. Thomas Vernier, 2021, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA

Marie-Pierre Rols, 2022, University of Touluse, Touluse, France

K. Schoenbach

From left to right: Hidenori Akiyama, Justin Teissie and Karl H. Schoenbach

Frank Reidy Award Winners

From left to right: Richard Heller, Karl H. Schoenbach, Eberhard Neuman, Stephen Beebe, Frank Reidy, Justin Teissie and Wolfgang Frey.

Frank Reidy Award

From left to right: Stephen Beebe, Justin Teissie, Lluis Mir, Maja Cemazar, Richard Gilbert, Richard Heller and Wolfgang Frey.


From left to right: Richard Heller, Justin Teissie, Maja Cemazar, Stephen Beebe, Julie Gehl, Lluis Mir and Richard Gilbert.

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