Student Successes

Graduates and students of KFU achieve success in a wide range of spheres. Among them are the Minister of Mass Communications of Russia Nikolay Nikiforov, Prime Minister of Tatarstan Ildar Khalikov, singer and2013 Eurovision finalist (5th place) Dina Garipova, and racing skier and winner of the full set of awards of the XXVII Worldwide Universiade (Slovakia, 2015) Artem Nikolaev.

Famous Graduates

Alexander Konovalov Outstanding scientist, chemist, academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Author of fundamental works. His research laid the basis for the development of organic chemistry at Kazan University. Under his supervision, tests of the next-generation plant growth regulator melafen were carried out.
Igor Tarchevsky Russian and Soviet plant physiologist, academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Studied the mechanism of photosynthesis in extreme conditions (drought, etc.), and biosynthesis of cellulose. Founder and head of the Department of Biochemistry at Kazan University (1965-1975).
Nikolay Lobachevsky Founder of non-Euclidian geometry, figure of science and enlightenment. For 40 years, he taught at Kazan University, 19 of them as a rector; under his leadership the university became one of the leading educational institutions in the country. Lobachevsky taught at Kazan University for 40 years, including 19 as a rector; his activity and skilful management enabled the university to be ranked among Russia's leading universities. According to N.P. Zagoskin, Lobachevsky was "a great builder" of Kazan University.
Leo Tolstoy One of Russia's most famous writers. A classic figure of world literature, educator and publicist. Author of the novels War and Peace, Anna Karenina, and Resurrection.
Vladimir Lenin Soviet statesman. Founder of the Bolshevik Party (RSDLP). Creator and leader of the first socialist state in history.
Evgeny Zavoisky Experimental physicist. He discovered electron paramagnetic resonance.
Nikolay Zinin Outstanding chemist. Discovered benzoin. Invented a progressive method for nitro-glycerine synthesis. Was the first president of the Russian Chemistry Society.
Alexander Butlerov Creator of the theory of chemical structure. Founder of the Butlerov School of Russian chemists. Rector of Kazan University.
Ivan Baudouin de Courtenay Outstanding linguist. Was the first to apply mathematical models in linguistic studies.
Vladimir Engelgardt Biochemist. Specialised in molecular biology. His work laid the foundation for the preservation of blood, and was used in microbiology and industry.
Ivan Simonov One of discoverers of Antarctica. Was the first Russian astronomer to travel around the world.
Stanislav Govorukhin Film director, scriptwriter, actor, People's Artist of Russia (2006). Public and political figure.
Yuliya Zaripova Russian middle-distance runner. World Champion, European Champion and Russian Champion.