From Garth Kemerling's Philosophy
J. L. Austin was born in Lancaster and educated at Oxford, where he
became a professor of philosophy following several years of service in
British intelligence during World War II. Although greatly admired as a
teacher, Austin published little of his philosophical work during his
brief lifetime. Students gathered his papers and lectures in books that
were published posthumously, including Philosophical Papers
(1961) and Sense and Sensibilia (1962).