ABOUT DAVID BROCK

David C. Brock is an historian of technology, and Director of the Center for Software History at the Computer History Museum. He focuses on histories of computing, electronics and instrumentation, as well as on oral history. 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 http://amzn.com/0465055648); Lécuyer and Brock, Makers of the Microchip: A Documentary History of Fairchild Semiconductor (MIT Press, 2010 http://amzn.com/0262014246); and Brock (ed.) Understanding Moore’s Law (CHF, 2005 http://amzn.com/0941901416). He has served as a writer and executive-producer for several recent documentary shorts and hour-long television documentaries including: “Moore’s Law at 50” (https://vimeo.com/123452018); “Scientists You Must Know” (https://vimeo.com/107862869); “Gordon Moore” (https://vimeo.com/70293585); and “Arnold O. Beckman” (https://vimeo.com/84708496). Brock is on Twitter @dcbrock

DAVID BROCK ARTICLES (7)

Someone Else’s Computer: The Prehistory of Cloud Computing

Someone Else’s Computer: The Prehistory of Cloud Computing

  2 weeks ago
“There is no cloud,” goes the quip. “It’s just someone else’s computer.” The joke gets at a key feature of cloud computing: Your data and the software to process it reside in a remote data center — perhaps...   Read More
Seymour Cray: The Man Who Brought Style to Supercomputers

Seymour Cray: The Man Who Brought Style to Supercomputers

  September 14, 2017
A supercomputer is simply a computer that can perform many more calculations per second than the typical computer of its era. The definition is in constant flux. Yesterday’s supercomputer packed the punch of today’s smartphone. From...   Read More
An Early Door to Cyberspace: The Community Memory Terminal

An Early Door to Cyberspace: The Community Memory Terminal

  August 16, 2017
In 1972, a flyer began circulating around the San Francisco Bay Area, announcing a groundbreaking new public service: COMMUNITY MEMORY is the name we give to this experimental information service. It is an attempt to harness...   Read More
Slide Logic: The Emergence of Presentation Software and the Prehistory of PowerPoint

Slide Logic: The Emergence of Presentation Software and the Prehistory of PowerPoint

  October 04, 2016
In many parts of our world today, group communication centers on visual materials built with “presentation software,” often crafted by a speaker him or herself. As a result, meetings now generally depend on the use of...   Read More
Remembering Andy S. Grove

Remembering Andy S. Grove

  March 21, 2016
Andrew S. Grove was a seminal figure in the history of the semiconductor industry, and in the story of high-technology industry in Silicon Valley. He passed away on March 21st, 2016. Born in Hungary in 1936,...   Read More
Reading Artifacts, Finding Culture

Reading Artifacts, Finding Culture

  March 08, 2016
Today a colleague pointed me to a classic in the study of material culture, E. McClure Fleming’s “Artifact Study: A Proposed Model.” In this essay, Fleming outlines a systematic process for interrogating artifacts: Proceeding from “Identification”...   Read More
The Cryotron: Extremely Rare Superconducting Digital Circuits Come to CHM

The Cryotron: Extremely Rare Superconducting Digital Circuits Come to CHM

  July 31, 2014
In the early 1950s, a young, enthusiastic and creative electrical engineer named Dudley Buck left the National Security Agency (NSA) for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Buck had worked on some of the first electronic...   Read More