Date of Birth: 06/02/1812
Place of Birth: Shusha
Nikolay Zinin was born in the Caucasus, where his father, Nikolai Zinin, was on a diplomatic mission. During epidemic raging in the Caucasus Zinin parents died and his older sisters. Zinin was sent to Saratov to his uncle. In 1820 he enrolled at the school, during study showed a high capacity for work, has shown himself as a talented child.
In 1830 he came to Kazan and joined the Mathematics Department of Philosophy (later Physics and Mathematics) Faculty kazennokoshtny student (students who did not have funds for training; they lived at the university and at the end were obliged to serve 6 years in the civil service). On it quickly drew the attention of the mathematician Lobachevsky, astronomer Simonov and Trustee of the University of MN Musin-Pushkin.
Zinin finished his studies at the University in 1833 and received a degree and a gold medal for the given essay "On perturbations of elliptic motion of the planets," then he was left at the Kazan University to teach physics, and from 1834 he was assigned as the teaching of mechanics. From 1835 Zinin read more and a course of theoretical chemistry. The history of this appointment. As can be seen from the above, Zinin was interested specifically in chemistry, taught mathematics, considered himself primarily a mathematician. However, in those years at the Kazan University chemistry she was taught very poorly, she was responsible for seminarian education associate Dunayev. Lobachevsky decided that the talented young scientist will be able to bring the chair of chemistry at a decent level of the educational institution. Zinin admired Lobachevskii not dare refuse him, as a result of Russian science was a brilliant chemist, founder of the scientific school.
In the same year Zinin brilliantly passed the exam for a master`s degree in Physics and Mathematics. The theme of master`s thesis of the Council of the University offered him a chemical theme: "On the phenomena of chemical affinity and the superiority of the theory of permanent Berzelius chemical proportions before Bertolleta Chemical Statics." In 1836 Zinin defended his thesis and received his Master`s degree in Physics and Mathematics.
After conversion of the University in 1837 was appointed assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and the spring of the same year at the request of Musin-Pushkin he was sent to study abroad. First Zinin moved to Berlin, where he studied chemistry at the E. Mitscherlich and Rose (in Germany at that time employed two well-known chemist brothers Heinrich and Gustav Rose), while engaged in R. Ehrenberg, T. Schwann and Johann Muller; then he worked in other laboratories of prominent scientists of that time in Paris by Jules-Theophile Peluso, in London - M. Faraday, more than a year (1839-1840) in Hesse Professor Liebig.
The first article Zinin was published in the