Raoul Nigmatullin was born in 1947 year in Kazan.
He obtained his intermediate education in Kazan in 1965 year, finishing the specialized school number 131 on physics and mathematics with silver medal.
In 1970 year he finished the physical faculty of Kazan State University with honors and received his Master Degree on specialization of theoretical physics.
During 1970-1973 years he was postgraduate student of the Theoretical Physics Department of Kazan University. From 1974 year he defended successfully his Candidate Thesis (which is equivalent to PhD thesis) and begun to work as an assistant on the department of Theoretical Physics. His PhD thesis was devoted to consideration of kinetics of paramagnets at low temperatures.
Since 1978 year he worked as a senior lecturer (Associate Professor) in the same department. He recommended himself as a good lecturer and read all traditional subjects of the theoretical physics: theoretical and quantum mechanics, thermodynamics and statistical physics and etc.).
During of 1982 (September) -1983 (July) he worked as a scientific (postdoctoral) assistant in the laboratory of physics of dielectrics (former Chelsea-college of London University) under the leadership of Prof. A.K. Jonscher who was the well-known specialist in physics of dielectrics. Then in 1990 year he was invited again for three month in the King's college (London University) to continue his investigations in dielectric relaxation phenomena in laboratory of Prof. Robert M.Hill. During November 1991-January 1992 he was invited by Dr. Alain Le Mehaute (ALCATEL ALSTHOM RESHERCHE, later ISMANS) in France to work in the region of fractal physics. Now he is author of more than 150 publications in various branches of physics including quantum theory of magnetism, equilibrium and non-equilibrium statistical physics, physics of dielectrics and fractal physics.
In 1992 year he defended successfully his doctorate thesis and obtained the full Doctorate degree of Physics and Mathematics. Beginning from the March 1994 year he obtained the status of Full Professor in the Department of Theoretical Physics of Kazan State University. The High Attestation Committee from Moscow confirmed officially by the Professor's Diploma his Full Doctorate and Professor Status in 1997 year.
In November of 1993 he was invited by Prof. F. Mainardi to read lectures in Italy to Bologna University devoted to the mathematical physics of fractional calculus. This direction in physics is quite new one and establishes the new relationship between fractal physics and fractional calculus.
Now he is working as a contracting professor in Kazan State University in the department of Theoretical Physics. His scientific publications are well known among the specialists working in dielectrics and physics of fractals not only in ex-Soviet Union but in the West as well. He collaborates actively with the scientists of other countries - Great Britain, France, Israel, Turkey and Japan.
In 1995 and 1996 he won twice the competition among Russian and Ex-Soviet Union scientists, working in the universities of Moscow, S-Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Tomsk and other leading universities and got the financial support from the International Soros Fund for two years to continue his scientific and pedagogical activity in Kazan University.
As a result of four visits in France during 1992-1996 years together with his French colleagues he wrote and prepared for publication the book devoted to the "physics" of fractional calculus - A. Le Mehaute, R.R. Nigmatullin, L. Nivanen. FLECHES DU TEMPS ET GEOMETRIE FRACTALE. Paris, Editions HERMES, 1998.
Beginning from September of 1998 the authorities of the Jordan University (Amman) invited him officially for the period of two years to read lectures and continue his scientific activity together with his Arab colleagues to the Department of Physics (Faculty of Science). During two years he was working as the invited professor in the University of Amman (capital University) and read the high level courses for master and PhD students. Under his supervision two students successfully defended their master thesis and one student defended his PhD thesis.
Under his direct supervision four postgraduate students have defended successfully their PhD thesis.
According to the ISI his total citation index is 1208, Hirsch index is 17. Maximum number of citations of one sheet of 152.