BOSTON (AP) — Three Massachusetts scientists have been named recipients of the prestigious Blavatnik (bluh-VAHT'-nik) National Awards, which come with an unrestricted $250,000 prize.

The awards announced Monday go to young scientists for their extraordinary achievements and their outstanding promise.

Rachel Wilson, a professor of neurobiology at Harvard University, was honored for her research on sensory processing and neural circuitry in fruit flies.

Marin Soljacic (soh-YA'-cheech), a professor of physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was recognized for his discoveries of novel phenomena related to the interaction of light and matter, and his work on wireless power transfer technology.

Adam Cohen, a professor of chemistry and chemical biology and physics at Harvard, was honored for breakthroughs in cellular imaging that allow for the observation of neural activity in real-time, at single-cell resolution.