Christophe Lécuyer

Christophe Lécuyer
Résidents Labex RFIEA+
pas Eurias

dates de séjour

15/09/2011 - 15/07/2012


Histoire des sciences et des technologies

Fonction d’origine


Institution d’origine

Université de Californie Santa Barbara (États-Unis)

Fonction actuelle


Institution actuelle

Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris 6 (France)

pays d'origine


projet de recherche

Histoire de la loi de Moore

Over the last fifty years, the performance and complexity of microchips has increased exponentially. This trend, commonly known as Moore’s Law, enabled the rise of personal computing and the internet. It also helped transform the human‐built world into a digital world, a world of devices and systems controlled by digital means. What were the social and economic forces that led to exponential growth in microchip performance and complexity? What were the innovations in fabrication technologies and circuit design techniques that made Moore’s Law possible? This project looks for answers to these questions by examining the social, economic, and technological dynamics behind Moore’s Law. It investigates the materials and process innovations that enabled the exponential increase in microchip performance. Another locus of research is the complex of computer‐aided techniques and methodologies that permitted the design of more and more powerful microchips. This project will advance our knowledge of a major technological trajectory and illuminate fundamental changes in the technological fabric of contemporary society – the rise of the digital world.



Christophe Lécuyer taught history of science and technology at Stanford University and the University of Virginia. He studied at the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris and obtained his doctorate at Stanford. Much of his research has been at the intersection of the history of science and technology, business history, and economic history. He is the author of Making Silicon Valley: Innovation and the Growth of High Tech, 19301970 (MIT Press, 2006) and the co‐author (with David C. Brock) of Makers of the Microchip: A Documentary History of Fairchild Semiconductor (MIT ress, 2010). Christophe Lécuyer was a principal economic analyst at the University of California.


Prix biennal décerné par la Society for the History of Technology (SHOT)


Christophe Lécuyer a été recrute comme professeur d'histoire des sciences et des technologies en septembre 2013 et collabore avec la laboratoire LIP6 (Informatique) à Paris 6.