He graduated from the Faculty of History of Voronezh State University (1975), graduate school at Moscow State University (1984).
Vadim Borisovich Kolmakov was a lecturer (since 1975), senior lecturer (since 1988) and associate professor (since 1993) of the Philosophy Department (now the Department of Ontology and Theory of Knowledge) of Voronezh State University. Research interests: specific history of knowledge, local history.
Author of over 50 works. Published in the compilation of IIVK. Recently, is actively engaged in the publication of the creative heritage of D.V. Skrynchenko: compiler of his book "The Past and the Present: Selected Journalism" (Voronezh, 2009, part 1-2).