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John Langshaw Austin, a Biographical Sketch

JO H N LA N G SH A W A U ST IN was born in Lancaster on 26 March 1911. His father, G. L. Austin, was at that time practising as an architect; but, after serving in the Army during the First World War, he did not return to that profession, and shortly after being demobilized he moved with his family-there were five children-to Scotland, where he became Secretary of St. Leonard’s School, in St. Andrews. This was Austin’s home until, from 1933 onwards, he came to live more or less permanently in Oxford.