Jin Canran (1913~1972), born in Yutai of Shandong Province, was former president and editor-in-chief of Zhonghua Book Company.
He was admitted to History Department of Peking University in 1936. And then in April 1938 he went to Yan'an, and studied in the Anti-Japanese Military and Political University. During the Liberation War, he served as the leader of Publicity Department of Regional Party of Southern Suiyuan Region of Shanxi and Suiyuan, Liberated Area, and the chief of Party Committee of Suiyan and Mongolia District. From winter 1948 to 1949, he worked in Publicity Department of CPC Central Committee.
From 1949 to 1958, he had worked in the Textbook Editorial Board of the North China People's Government, the People's Education Publishing House, the Editorial Bureau of Central Government Publication Administration, and Ministry of Culture, served as Chief Secretary, Deputy Director, and Director.
In 1958, he was appointed as President and Editor-in-Chief of Zhonghua Book Company. During that time, he organized the publications of Twenty-Four Histories, Zi Zhi Tong Jian (Historical Events Retold as a Mirror for Government), and other books. His books include The History of Soviet Movement. He also assisted Mr. Fan Wenlan to write A Concise Edition of General Chinese History.