Lupo, (Bronte 1904 -- 1986), was a
professor of natural sciences in Bronte at the Capizzi Secondary school,
journalist, interested in politics (was deputy major of Bronte in the
years 1970) but, above all, was a great chemist.
With remarkable anticipation and insight, in postwar (1950 -1964) he was the first to talk about the oil fields of Bronte and of the island territory (the
as he called it) and to develop ideas and hypothesis, both flywheel of
economic and social growth.
He was also the first to guess and speak of the oil showings of the San Nicola
district (the "San Nicola fire")
and of the Gioitto zone. ("Idrocarburi in libertà-
Bronte oil center", Giannotta publisher, Catania, 1962).
He wrote that "with the name "ot;ot;giuittu",
the Arabs indicated the black bitumen. They could have
observed signs of hydrocarbon and that could have given the name of Gioitto to
Already in the 1929, as a solitary
researcher, tried to define the oil peculiarity
of Sicily ("petroliferità"): by sending his analysis and the first samples
certain oil origin" taken by him, to the Sicilian
territory to the Experimental
Station for the Fuels Of Milan.
As a political man, he tried, in every way, to bring to
Bronte some economic benefits, deriving from the utilization of the hydrocarbons
found on his territory.
Despite his studies and the persistent action in searching
for the petroleum, remained however, "a prophet
in his country", unheeded, having