Master of Science, Rostov State University, Rostov on Don, 1972. Doctor of Philosophy, Institute Astrophysical & Atmosphere Physical, Tartu, Estonia, 1978. Doctor of Science, St. Petersburg University, Russia, 1992.
Young researcher Institute Physics, Rostov on Don, Russia, 1972—1978, senior researcher, 1979—1982. Head researcher Rostov State University, 1986—1997. Professor Southern Sate University, since 1997.
Associate professor Volgograd State University, Russia, 1983—1986. Councillor Euro-Asian Astronomical Society, Moscow, since 1994, deputy president, 2002—2004.
Fellow: Astronomical Council Russian Academy of Sciences. Member: International Astronomical Union, European Astronomical Society.
Married Elena S. Gagarina, July 4, 1970. 1 child Elena Yu. Shchekinova.