Master of Science, Leningrad State University, Russia, 1972. Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), Leningrad State Polytechnic Institute, Russia, 1989.
Researcher Special Engineering Bureau, Leningrad, 1972—1980. Senior researcher Leningrad State Electrotechnical Institute, 1980—1990, St. Petersburg State Electrotechnical University, 1990—2000, associate professor, since 1991, general researcher, since 2000. Consultant Joint Stock Company VIRMA, St. Petersburg, since 1997, Electrosila Company, Leningrad, Saint-Petersburg, since 1980, Governor Navy Force Institute, 1972—1980.
Member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (vice chair 2002-2005, treasurer 2004).
Married Ann Alexeyevna Minaeva, September 3, 1952. Children: Irene Yurievna Kopylova, Ann Yurievna Romyan.