Timor-Leste (East Timor) Map on Three years later, he became a professor at Owens College, and the following year, married Harriet Ann Taylor, the daughter of the owner of the Manchester Guardian, a prominent newspaper. The couple had three children, one of whom, Herbert Stanley, followed in his father's footsteps and became an economist. Jevons remained at Owens College for 10 years until he returned to University College, London, as Professor of political economy in 1876. Poor health forced him to resign his position in 1881, and, during a family holiday in August, 1882, Jevons drowned off the coast of Devon.
Jevons first became known in Great Britain for The Coal Question, which was published in 1865.
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He predicted that Britain would soon exhaust its supply of coal and, as a result, relinquish its position as the world's leading industrial power to the UNITED STATES, which had a nearly inexhaustible supply of coal. His prediction about the United States proved correct, but he was far too pessimistic about the prospects for Britain's future.
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