David C. Brock is a Senior Research Fellow with the Center for Contemporary History and Policy of the Chemical Heritage Foundation. As an historian of science and technology, he specializes in the history of semiconductor science, technology, and industry, the history of instrumentation, and oral history. Brock has studied the philosophy, sociology, and history of science at Brown University, the University of Edinburgh, and Princeton University (respectively and chronologically).
His most recent publications are Makers of the Microchip: A Documentary History of Fairchild Semiconductor from Startup to Integrated Circuit (co-written with Christophe Lécuyer, MIT Press, Forthcoming, Fall 2010) and Understanding Moore’s Law: Four Decades of Innovation (Philadelphia: Chemical Heritage Press), 2006, which he edited and to which he contributed.
With Christophe Lécuyer, Brock has co-authored articles on the broad subject of what he calls the ‘chemical history of electronics’: the first, a paper for the journal History and Technology titled "The Materiality of Microelectronics," and; the second, a brief biography of Gordon E. Moore for the journal Annals of the History of Computing. Both papers were published in the fall of 2006. A third paper, "From Nuclear Physics to Semiconductor Manufacturing: The Making of Ion Implantation"; is in a special section of a recent issue of History and Technology. This special section, edited by Lécuyer and Brock, is on High Tech Manufacturing.
In the area of public history, Brock has curated two exhibits for the Chemical Heritage Foundation: an exhibit on the history of instrumentation titled "Revolutionary Tools: Instrumentation and the Transformation of the Chemical Sciences" and a major
traveling exhibit on the history of women in chemistry titled Her Lab in Your Life. More recently, he was the supervising producer for the media column and interactive display at the core of CHF’s new permanent exhibit, Making Modernity. In 2005, Brock organized the major event recognizing the fortieth anniversary of Moore’s Law, “Moore’s Law @ 40,” held at CHF. In 2009, he co-organized the major event marking the fiftieth anniversary of the integrated circuit, “The IC at Fifty,” held at the Computer History Museum.
In the policy arena, Brock recently published Patterning the World: The Rise of Chemically Amplified Photoresists, a white-paper case study in CCHP’s Studies in Materials Innovation. With Hyungsub Choi, he is preparing an analysis of semiconductor technology roadmapping, having presented preliminary results at the 2009 meeting of the Industry Studies Association.