Master of Science, Moscow Lomonosow University, Moscow, 1977. Doctor of Science, Academy of Sciences, Moscow, 1985.
Research associate Academy of Sciences, Moscow, 1977-1990. Research officer University Bayreath, Germany, 1990-1995. Head of research laboratory University Frankfurt/Main, Germany, since 1995.
Member American Geophysical Union, German Geophysical Society, American Mineralogical Society.
Nikolai Sh. married to Tatyana V. Ilina on 24 December in 1977. They have a child: Maria.