Vladimir Smirnov was born 2 March 1931 in Moscow.
He studied at Moscow State University, Faculty of Philosophy (1954; postgraduate study in logic 1957).
In 1957-1961 he tought in the Department of Philosophy in the Tomsk Polytechnic Institute (now Tomsk Polytechnic University).
Since 1961 he worked in the Institute of Philosophy of the Academy of Science of the USSR (since 1991 Russian Academy of Science). In the last years of his life he was a head of the Department of Epistemology, Logic and Philosophy of Science and Technology, and a head of the Center of Logic.
In 1962 he received his PhD (dissertation: “Deduction method and scientific theory construction”).
In 1973 he received his DSc (monograph: “FFormal inference and logical calculi”).
In 1991 he founded and headed the Institute for Logic, Cognitive Sciense and Development of Personality.
Since 1970 he tought in the Department of Logic of the Faculty of Philosophy, Lomonosov State University. 22 of his postgraduate students received PhD acadamic degree and 7 of them received DSc academic degree later on.
He contributed to a number of International Congresses of Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science and All-Union Conferences on Logic and Methodology of Science as a participant and a member of Programme Committees. He was a Council memder (Assessor) of the Division of Logic Methodology and Philosophy of Science of the International Union of History and Philosophy of Science (1979-1983).
He initiated and launched Soviet-Finnish, Soviet-Polish, and Soviet-Japanese Symposiums on Logic.