Theobald Boehm (also spelt Böhm) was the son of a goldsmith, born in Munich, Germany, on april 17th, 1794. He was a german flute composer, flute manufacturer, and an avid flute player. Boehm's mechanical breakthroughs were revolutionary, and vital to todays flute. His key mechanisms and fingering system are now used in all modern concert flutes, and even some other members of the flute family. Even some clarinets have adopted his fingering system. Boehm invented his own mechanisms to create his flutes. He won many awards with his 'new flute model'. He died on november 25th, 1881, in Munich, Germany.