William D. Middlebrook was born born on March 19th, 1846. Newton Fairfield County Connecticut, USA. He died on August 19, 1914. His parents were Sidney S. Middlebrook & Adaline Wooster.
I'm not sure if he won any awards, but even if he didn't, he should have because of how effective this piece of wire is today.
He is very famous for inventing the paper clip. He also has a show named " Parks and Recreation " .
The original paper clip is still the same even after centuries, but you can get different shaped and sized ones too.