David C. Brock


dbrock@computerhistory.org

David C. Brock is an historian of technology, and a curator for and director of the Software History Center at the Computer History Museum. He focuses on histories of computing and electronics, as well as on oral history and public interpretation. Brock’s work in the history of semiconductor electronics includes Thackray, Brock and Jones, Moore’s Law: The Life of Gordon Moore, Silicon Valley’s Quiet Revolutionary (Basic Books, 2015); Lécuyer and Brock, Makers of the Microchip: A Documentary History of Fairchild Semiconductor (MIT Press, 2010); and Brock (ed.) Understanding Moore’s Law (CHF, 2005). He has served variously as a writer, executive producer, and consultant for several documentary shorts, features, television programs, and broadcast events. Brock has also developed and curated museum exhibits and displays.

Employment

2016-Present COMPUTER HISTORY MUSEUM, Mountain View, CA.
Curator and Director, Software History Center

2004-2016 D. C. BROCK CONSULTING, Greenfield, MA.
Principal

1998-2015 CHEMICAL HERITAGE FOUNDATION, Philadelphia, PA.
Associate Historian 1998-2000
Program Manager, 2000-2004
Senior Research Fellow, 2004-2015

Affiliations

2016-Present UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SANTA BARBARA, Santa Barbara, CA.
Visiting Scholar, Department of History

Recent Publications

Arnold Thackray, David C. Brock, and Rachel Jones, Moore’s Law: The Life of Gordon E. Moore, Silicon Valley’s Quiet Revolutionary (New York: Basic Books), 2015.

Brock, “From Automation to Silicon Valley: The Automation Movement of the 1950s, Arnold Beckman, and William Shockley,” History and Technology, 2013. DOI:10.1080/07341512.2012.756236

Brock and Christophe Lécuyer, “Digital Foundations: The Making of Silicon-Gate Manufacturing Technology,” Technology and Culture, 53(3), 2012, 561-597.

Christophe Lécuyer and Brock, Makers of the Microchip: A Documentary History of Fairchild Semiconductor. (Cambridge: MIT Press), 2010.

Oral History

I have been an interviewer for approximately two hundred oral histories.

Education
M.A. May 1997 PRINCETON UNIVERSITY, Department of History, Program in History of Science.
M.Sc. June 1992 UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH, Science Studies Unit, Sociology of Scientific Knowledge.
B.A. May 1990 BROWN UNIVERSITY, Logic and Philosophy of Science.

Service
2015- IEEE Spectrum Editorial Advisory Board
2017- IEEE Computer Society History Committee
2017- Ann Johnson Institute for Science, Technology and Society Advisory Board
2019- ACM History Committee
2019- Society for the History of Technology Ferguson Prize Committee
2019- SIGCIS Mahoney Prize Committee