Attended, Leningrad State University, Department Mathematics and Mechanics, 1966—1971. Post-graduate studies, Leningrad Polutechnical Institute, 1978. Doctor of Sciences in Physics and Mathematics, Leningrad State Technology University, 1990.
Researcher, head of laboratory, deputy dir for research The Ioffe Physico-Technology Institute, Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics Academy of Sciences, 1970—1991. Vice president Center Perspective Development & Research, 1991—1992. Director general St. Petersburg Regional Foundation for Scientific and Technological Development, 1992—2001.
Chairman Academic Board Center for Strategic Research "North-West", since 2001, head Innovation Economy Institution progressive, since 2001. Deputy minister Industry, Science and Technologies, Russian Federation, 2001—2003, minister, 2003—2004. Minister education & science Russian Federation, since 2004.
Married; 1 child Alexander.