Cornelis Frederik Winkler Prins
1939 - 2019




Career   (copy of Cor's personal page)

After finishing my geology studies and obtaining my Doctor’s degree in 1968 at Leiden University, I became a Curator of Brachiopods at the Rijksmuseum van Geologie en Mineralogie (National Museum of Geology and Mineralogy; now part of the Naturalis Biodiversity Centre), where I continued my PhD research, widening its scope. From 1990 to my retirement I was head of the Palaeontology Department, being actively involved in the various museum activities. For example, I was since its start in 1971 until 2003 editor in chief of the museum journal Scripta Geologica and, of course, I was aslo involved in the making of exhibitions (including the present one in the new building). A temporary exhibition in 1988 “Geology on stamps” should be noted, which I composed from my own private collection and which was especially successful in Spain in an adopted version. This exhibition stimulated my interest in the history of geology, and palaeontology in particular. Being a member of the “Commission on Threatened University Collections” of the “Mondriaan Foundation”, I managed to obtain the threatened Dutch universitary geological collections (after selection) for Naturalis. I also organized the VII International Symposium ‘Cultural Heritage in Geosciences, Mining and Metallurgy. Libraries – Archives – Museums’ “Museums and their collections” in our museum in 2003, just before my retirement.

The research on the Carboniferous brachiopods from the Cantabrian Mountains (North Spain) lead not only to a close cooperation in the field of Carboniferous brachiopod research with the University of Oviedo (Spain; notably with Dr M.L. Martínez Chacón), but also to cooperation with Dr R.H. Wagner (than at Sheffield University) in the field and to our involvement with the stratigraphic subdivision of the Carboniferous in order to attain a single, global subdivision. To this end we got involved in the management of the IUGS Subcommission on Carboniferous Stratigraphy, for whom I initiated the Newsletter on Carboniferous Stratigraphy, and we edited a series of monographs dealing with the Carboniferous stratigraphy of the various continents: The Carboniferous of the World. Also with respect to the local Carboniferous stratigraphy, our research lead to unexpected results, which lead to new views on the structure of the Cantabrian Mountains. It goes without saying that I took part in numerous international congresses and organized some myself, resulting in some hundred scientific publications.



Winkler Prins C.F., 1968. Carboniferous Productidina and Chone¬tidina of the Cantabrian Mountains (NW Spain): systematics, stratigraphy and palaeoecology. Leidse Geologische Mededelingen, 43, 41-126, 8 tables, 9 pls.

Wagner R.H., C.F. Winkler Prins & R.E. Riding, 1972. Lithostratigraphic units of the lower part of the Carboniferous in Northern León, Spain (with a "Note on some goniatite faunas" by C.H.T. Wagner Gentis). Trabajos de Geología de la Universidad de Oviedo, 4 (1971: The Carboniferous of Northwest Spain, 2), 603-663, 3 pls.

Martínez Chacón M.L. & Winkler Prins C.F., 1977. A Namurian brachiopod fauna from Meré (Province of Oviedo, Spain). Scripta Geologica, 39, 1-67, 14 pls.

Wagner R.H. & C.F. Winkler Prins, 1979. The lower Stephanian of Western Europe. VIIIe Congrès International de Stratigraphie et Géologie du Carbonifère, Moskva, 1975, 3 (Palaeontological characteristics of the main subdivisions of the Carboniferous), p. 111-140.

Martínez Díaz, C., Granados L.F., Wagner R.H. & Winkler Prins C.F. (eds), 1983, 1985, 1996. The Carboniferous of the World. I: China, Korea, Japan & SE Asia; II: Australia, Indian Subcontinent, South Africa, South America & North Africa; III: The former UUSR, Mongolia, Middle Eastern Platform, Afghanistan & Iran; IV: North America; V: Europe, including Turkey. IUGS Publication 16 (ENADIMSA IGME, Madrid), 1-243; 20, 1-447; 33, 1-521.

Wagner R.H., E. Martínez García, C.F. Winkler Prins & L. Lobato, 1983. Field Ttrip A: Carboniferous stratigraphy of the Cantabrian Mountains. X Congrès International de Stratigraphie et Géologie du Carbonifère, Madrid, 1983, p. 1-212.

Winkler Prins C.F., 1983. A general review of the Carboniferous brachiopods from the Cantabrian Mountains (North Spain). In: Lemos de Sousa M.J. (ed.), Contributions to the Carboniferous geology and palaeontology of the Iberian Peninsula. Facultade de Ciências do Universidade de Porto, Porto, p. 69-91.

Martínez Chacón, M.L. & Winkler Prins C.F., 1985. Upper Carboni­ferous (Kasi­movian) brachiopods from Asturias (N. Spain). Compte Rendu X Congrès International de Stratigraphie et de Géologie du Carbonifère, Madrid, 1983, 2, 435-448.

Wagner R.H. & Winkler Prins, C.F., 1985. The Cantabrian and Barruelian stratotypes: a summary of basin development and biostratigraphic information. In: Lemos de Sousa, M.J. & Wagner, R.H. (eds.), Papers on the Carboniferous of the Iberian Peninsula (sedimentology, stratigraphy, palaeontology, tectonics and geochronology). Anais da Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade do Porto, Supplement to volume 64 (1983), 359-410.

Winkler Prins C.F., 1987. Geologie op postzegels. Facetten, 1987, 4, 1 24, kleurenplaten (in Dutch).

Wagner R.H. & Winkler Prins C.F., 1993. Major subdivisions of the Carboniferous System. Compte Rendu XI International Congress of Carboniferous Stratigraphy and Geology, Beijing, 1987, 1 (1991): 213-244.

Wagner R.H. & Winkler Prins C.F., 1997b. Carboniferous stratigraphy: Quo vadis? Prace Panstwowego Instytutu Geologicznego, 157(Proceedings of the XIII International Congress on the Carboniferous and Permian, Kraków, 1995), part 1, 187-196.

Winkler Prins C.F. & Martínez Chacón M.L., 1999. The brachiopod fauna of the Lower Carboniferous Vegamián Formation (Cantabrian Mts, Spain); part 1: Introduction, Linguliformea. Revista Española de Paleontología, no. extr. Truyols, p. 173-183.

Amler M.R.W. & Winkler Prins C.F., 1999. Lower Carboniferous bivalves from the Cantabrian Mts (Spain). Scripta Geologica, 120:, 1-45, 5 pls.

Winkler Prins C.F., 2000. The Netherlands’ palaeontological heritage. III Int. Symp. “Cultural heritage in geology, mining and metallurgy. Libraries - Archives - Museums, St. Petersburg, 1997. Berichte der Geologischen Bundesanstalt Wien, 52, 75-82.

Wagner R.H. & Winkler Prins C.F., 2000. Carboniferous stratigraphy of the Sierra del Brezo in northern Palencia (Cantabrian Mts, NW Spain): evidence of major uplifts. Trabajos de Geología, Universidad de Oviedo, 21 (for 1999: homenaje Jaime Truyols), 385-403.

Winkler Prins C.F., 2003. The geological collections at the National Museum of Natural History Naturalis (Leiden, The Netherlands) and their collectors. Proceedings volume VI Int. Symp. “Cultural Heritage in Geosciences, Mining and Metallurgy. Libraries - Archives - Museums", Idrija, Slovenija, 2002, p. 223-229.

Winkler Prins C.F. & Donovan S.K. (eds.), 2004. Proceedings of VII International Symposium "Cultural Heritage in Geosciences, Mining and Metallurgy: Libraries – Archives – Museums", “Museums and their collections”, Leiden, 2003. Scripta Geologica, Special Issue, 4, 1-308.

Winkler Prins C.F., 2007. The role of Spain in the development of the reef brachiopod faunas during the Carboniferous. In: Renema W. (ed.), Biogeography, Time and Place: Distributions, Barriers and Islands. Kluwer/ Springer, Dordrecht, p. 217-246.

Kullmann J., Wagner R.H. & Winkler Prins C.F., 2007. Significance for international correlation of the Perapertú Formation in northern Palencia, Cantabrian Mountains. Tectonic/stratigraphic context and description of Mississippian and Upper Bashkirian goniatites. Revista Española de Paleontología, 22 (2), 127-145.

Winkler Prins C.F., 2008. Some spiriferid brachiopods from the Permian of Timor (Indonesia). Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria, 120 (A memorial issue in honour of Professor Neil W. Archbold), 389-400.

Martínez Chacón M.L. & Winkler Prins C.F., 2009. Brachiopods from the Valdeteja Formation (Pennsylvanian; Cantabrian Mountains, NW Spain). Neues Jahrbuch für Geologie und Paläontologie Abhandlungen, 252, 91-111.

Martínez Chacón M.L. & Winkler Prins C.F., 2010. Adaptations to hard substrates in Pennsylvanian productides (Brachiopoda) from the Cantabrian Mountains (North-West Spain). In: Alvarez F. & Curry G.B. (eds), Evolution and development of the brachiopod shell. Special Papers in Palaeontology, 84, 225-241.

Nemyrovska T.I., Wagner R.H., Winkler Prins C.F. & Montañez I., 2011. Conodont faunas across the mid-Carboniferous boundary from the Barcaliente Formation at La Lastra (Palentian Zone, Cantabrian Mountains, northwest Spain); geological setting, sedimentological characters and faunal descriptions. Scripta Geologica, 143, 127-183.

Martínez Chacón M. L. & C. F. Winkler Prins, 2012. Braquiopodos prodúctidos del Bashkiriense superior-Moscoviense inferior (Pensilvánico) de la cordillera Cantábrica (N de España). 28a Jornadas de la Sociedad española de Paleontología, Valencia, 2012, p. 315-318.

Martínez Chacón M. L. & C. F. Winkler Prins, 2013. Kozlowskia (Productidina, Brachiopoda) del Bashkiriense superior/ Moscoviense inferior (Carbonífero), Cordillera Cantábrica (N de España). XXIXa Jornadas de Paleontologia, Simposio del Proyecto PlCG 596, Córdoba, España, p. 207-208.

Martínez Chacón M. L. & C. F. Winkler Prins, 2014. Kozlowskia (Productidina, Brachiopoda) from late Bashkirian/early Moscovian (Pennsylvanian), Cantabrian Mountains (N Spain). Jb. Geol. Paläont. Abh., 272 (2), 129-145.

Martínez Chacón M.L. & Winkler Prins C.F., 2015. Late Bashkirian-early Moscovian (Pennsylvanian) Productidae (Brachiopoda) from the Cantabrian Mountains (NW Spain). Geobios, 48 (6), 459-477.

Martínez Chacón M.L. & Winkler Prins C.F., 2016. Isogramma Meek & Worthen, 1870 (Dictyonellida, Brachiopoda) from the Pennsylvanian of the Canlabrian Mountains (N Spain). Spanish Journal of Palaconlology, 31 (1), 115-130.